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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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First Settler Hawkesbury Women: Fortunes Up, Fortunes Down

The Hawkesbury was a crucible for the clash over resources between Aboriginal peoples, and the penal settlement. How did colonial women fit into this struggle for survival? We look at 3 women: Margaret Catchpole, who, although unschooled, sent letters to England which have survived and give a vivid picture of everyday life at the time; Sarah... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The Hawkesbury was a crucible for the clash over resources between Aboriginal peoples, and the penal settlement. How did colonial women fit into this struggle for survival? We look at 3 women:

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06 May

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Entertaining Australia: The History of Australian Films

Australia created the world’s first feature film in 1906 but the story is not one of steady progress, rather of boom and bust. It was only in the 1970s that the “film renaissance” relaunched our film industry, allowing us to see ourselves on screen once more. We look at all we’ve achieved in the last 120 years, revisiting some great films,... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Australia created the world’s first feature film in 1906 but the story is not one of steady progress, rather of boom and bust. It was only in the 1970s that the “film renaissance” relaunched our

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08 May

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Making Love not War: A History of Australian Pacifism

Take a look at those who opposed war every time they had a choice. Is pacifism the most moral choice? What were the consequences for the individuals, their communities, and Australian society as a whole? Is pacifist just another word for coward or was there a price to be paid? Who were the groups and the leaders who stood for peace? Did they ever... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Take a look at those who opposed war every time they had a choice. Is pacifism the most moral choice? What were the consequences for the individuals, their communities, and Australian society as a

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16 May

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The Ten "Plagues" of Sydney: Epidemics and their Impact

For many years the settlement of Sydney was protected from epidemics by the buffer of distance. But evolving technology shortened the trip, so more ships brought fatal diseases. Over the decades we have faced smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, Asiatic flu, Bubonic plague, Spanish Influenza, polio, and AIDS, with a disheartening pattern of... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>For many years the settlement of Sydney was protected from epidemics by the buffer of distance. But evolving technology shortened the trip, so more ships brought fatal diseases. Over the decades

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06 Jun

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Getting to Know the New Look Trove

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Course Location: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney. Speaker: Christine Yeats The upgraded Trove, the revolutionary free search engine created by the National Library of Australia, will be launched in late June 2020. Join Christine Yeats archivist, librarian and professional... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

<strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong><br/><em><strong>Course Location: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney.</strong></em><br/><strong>Speaker:</strong>

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24 Jun

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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]

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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]

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Art Deco and More - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

Meet in the foyer of The Grace Hotel, corner of King and York Street. 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.... [More]

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Victorian and Federation Sydney - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

Meet at Downing Centre, 143-147 Liverpool Street. 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... [More]

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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]

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