Extraordinary Australian Women: Pushing The Boundaries

Come and meet four extraordinary and fiercely independent women, all of whom have left copious records of their lives, as well as influenced parts of Australian history. First, Mrs Frances Zabel – a fascinating story, German background, Victoria, WA goldfields, knew D H Lawrence, travelled, married a German, son brilliant at Melbourne school, but then in a camp as a prisoner of Germany in WWI; Elizabeth von Arnim, of the German Garden, few know she was born in Sydney as a Beachamp, related to Katherine Mansfield, another fascinating story; Edna Walling, the garden guru of Sydney, founder of the Australian Garden History Society and Cottage Garden Club; the last, Eliza Storey, whose grave lies at South Head Cemetery, involved in the Sydney arts/crafts movement, a writer, socially well-connected, but moved to Yass after marrying a grazier, with stories of the land.

Course Tutor
Joan Lawrence

Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
4 units / $58 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.