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Australian History

Whether your interest is in the early colonial settlement of Australia; the 60000 years of indigenous occupation; lies closer to home in the history of your family and ancestors; or all three, WEA Sydney offers you the chance to deepen your understanding of your own history in a friendly and social setting.

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Australia: A Nation of Rebels?

When the British brought their people to this land they brought their laws too, but with mixed results. The social structure was penal not feudal, and the workers were more likely to be subversive than subservient. We've never had a successful revolution, the streets have never run red with blood, but time and again groups of people have resisted,... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>When the British brought their people to this land they brought their laws too, but with mixed results. The social structure was penal not feudal, and the workers were more likely to be subversive

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31 Jul

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Victorian and Federation Sydney - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

The story of the founding of colonial Sydney is well known, but what is less well known is the Victorian and Federation period, where the city we know today really took shape. Between 1850 and 1900 the population of Sydney increased eight-fold, and became for a time the 15th biggest city in the world. This tour covers some of the most beautiful and... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The story of the founding of colonial Sydney is well known, but what is less well known is the Victorian and Federation period, where the city we know today really took shape. Between 1850 and

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15 Aug

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Moving Image and Picture Research for Historians

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Chair: Christine Yeats Speakers: Joy Hughes (Professional Historian) and Graham Shirley (RAHS Councillor) With a focus on 19th and 20th century picture sources in NSW and the Australian sources of moving image, we examine the sometimes-complex issues of access and reproduction. DELIVERY... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

<p><strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong></p>

<p><strong>Chair:</strong> Christine Yeats</p>

<p><strong>Speakers:</strong> Joy Hughes (Professional Historian)

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18 Aug

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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

An introduction to the key primary and secondary sources of information required to locate Irish (Northern & Southern) family and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites. This course also teaches an organised approach to searching and recording and encourages students to use state and local libraries and genealogical... [More]
$125 Limited / $113

<p>An introduction to the key primary and secondary sources of information required to locate Irish (Northern &amp; Southern) family and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites.

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21 Aug
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course.

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Tips and Techniques for Dating Historic Photographs

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Chair: Christine Yeats Speakers: Gionni Di Gravio, OAM Examine the different methods of arranging and dating photographs adopted by archivists and allied professionals for historical research. The presentation draws on many years of experience working on archival photographic collections... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

<p><strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong></p>

<p><strong>Chair:</strong> Christine Yeats</p>

<p><strong>Speakers:</strong> Gionni Di Gravio, OAM

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25 Aug

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Introduction to Family History

The Course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. The course encourages students to use state and local libraries and... [More]
$215 Limited / $193

<p>The Course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of

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28 Aug
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course.

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Art Deco and More - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

When we think of Sydney the first things that spring to mind are often the magnificent harbour, our unique Opera House and the mighty Harbour Bridge. But often unnoticed is its wealth of beautiful Art Deco buildings preserved through all the changes of the past 70-odd years. Explore some architectural marvels from the late 1920s and 30s. Our easy... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>When we think of Sydney the first things that spring to mind are often the magnificent harbour, our unique Opera House and the mighty Harbour Bridge. But often unnoticed is its wealth of beautiful

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05 Sep

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Finding Convict Ancestors

The course provides a basic introduction to the main sources of information required to locating or confirming Australian convict ancestors and an understanding of the convict system. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. The course encourages... [More]
$125 Limited / $113

<p>The course provides a basic introduction to the main sources of information required to locating or confirming Australian convict ancestors and an understanding of the convict system. It provides

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11 Sep
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course.

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Labor in Vain: Is the Party Over?

The recent decline in the ALP's Federal vote has prompted several commentators to seek an explanation of this state of affairs. The sustained electoral decline threatens to be an apparently terminal situation for this venerable plank of our bi-polar democratic political system. The Federal ALP polled a primary vote of 50% back in 1943; & it was... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>The recent decline in the ALP's Federal vote has prompted several commentators to seek an explanation of this state of affairs. The sustained electoral decline threatens to be an apparently

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15 Oct

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Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

Discover Sydney's fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from major galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists, learn... [More]

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