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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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The True Story of John Jingery & Robert O’Reilly in the Burragorang Valley

What did black-white relations look like in the Burragorang valley in the nineteenth century? We’ll take a close look at “John Jingery, Aboriginal” who apparently bought some of his traditional lands back in 1875 with the help of Postmaster Robert O’Reilly. But the real story is more complicated as the primary sources show. John Jingery forfeited... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>What did black-white relations look like in the Burragorang valley in the nineteenth century? We’ll take a close look at “John Jingery, Aboriginal” who apparently bought some of his traditional

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26 Nov

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Kokoda: Australia's Defining Military Campaign

Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for Australia in World War II. Discover what happened in this campaign, with an emphasis on the personal experiences of Australian soldiers; and look at the... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for

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11 Jan

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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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12 Jan
$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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06 Feb

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Gifts and Thefts: A History of Childhood in Australia

We have all been children, and yet childhood is a great secret: a community so visible, so scrutinised, yet maintaining its own rituals, hierarchies, values, and jargon, which can only be revealed once a member has escaped that world into adulthood. Take a look at the childhood experiences of the past: the toys, games, education, health, and... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>We have all been children, and yet childhood is a great secret: a community so visible, so scrutinised, yet maintaining its own rituals, hierarchies, values, and jargon, which can only be revealed

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14 Jan

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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 Nov
$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 Jan
$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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20 Mar

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Sydney's Historic Colonial Harbour

Sydney’s historic harbour offers us great opportunities for exploring our colonial heritage. Discover Macquarie’s influence on the city; as well as colonial sites on the South Head Peninsula, Manly’s North Head and historic North Sydney. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Sydney’s historic harbour offers us great opportunities for exploring our colonial heritage. Discover Macquarie’s influence on the city; as well as colonial sites on the South Head Peninsula, Manly

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13 Feb

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The Street Where They Lived: Every Street Has A Story To Tell

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Speakers: Christine Yeats, Jenny Sloggett and Angela Phippen Why not extend your research, and the thrill of discovery, beyond learning about your ancestors? story and the houses where they may have lived to delving into the history of their street? Perhaps you have wondered who once... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

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

<p><strong>Speakers:</strong> Christine Yeats, Jenny Sloggett and Angela Phippen

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<p>Why not extend

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17 Feb

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The Dismissal: The Sacking of the Whitlam Government

The 1970s were a period of great change and reform. Gough Whitlam’s Labor government was elected after 23 years of coalition government and promises of great reform. While it delivered the reforms promised, it created huge opposition from business and conservatives and, at times, showed a clumsiness and lack of control that would attract criticism.... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The 1970s were a period of great change and reform. Gough Whitlam’s Labor government was elected after 23 years of coalition government and promises of great reform. While it delivered the reforms

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03 Mar

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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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06 Mar

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History Makers: Women of Australia

We were the second country in the world where women got the vote. In 2010 we had a female Governor General, Prime Minister, Governor, Premier, and Mayor. Women, from the time Australian history has been written, have created, led, invented, achieved, nurtured, and won, and their stories are fascinating. History, generally, can default to telling... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>We were the second country in the world where women got the vote. In 2010 we had a female Governor General, Prime Minister, Governor, Premier, and Mayor. Women, from the time Australian history

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12 Mar

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