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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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Historic Rocks Pubs & The Story of Beer in NSW

The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, still boasts many breweries, pubs and hotels, although many, many more have already disappeared. As a local tour guide, Jo Gerk, knows them all and will take you on a photographic trip down memory lane on this night at WEA house and share with you his knowledge of brewers, publicans, ghosts and beers that... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, still boasts many breweries, pubs and hotels, although many, many more have already disappeared. As a local tour guide, Jo Gerk, knows them all and will

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14 May

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Insanity in the Early Colony of NSW

Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with mental illness - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain injuries, the consequences of poor nutrition and hygiene, socially sanctioned alcoholism, widespread... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with

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22 May
$39 Limited

<p>Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with

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22 May

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Digging a Little Deeper: Biographical Research and Writing with a Twist

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Chair: Christine Yeats Speakers: Heather Garnsey & Susan Steggall Biographies - third person account of someone else’s life story - include basic information about the person’s life. This includes details such as parents’ names, birthplace, education, and interests. Biographers should not... [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> Heather Garnsey &amp; Susan Steggall

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23 Jun

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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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26 Jun
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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Gallipoli 1915: Unpicking the Myths

The Gallipoli Campaign is embedded in Australian culture. Nevertheless, many myths exist about the origins of the campaign, exactly who its participants were and what was actually achieved during eight months in 1915. This course will examine the origins of the “Anzac Legend” including the strategic objectives of the Allied forces, the Ottoman... [More]

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Mopping Up: Australia's Role in the Pacific (1944-1945)

While US divisions advanced towards Japan in 1944 and 1945, Australian units were left behind to carry out “mopping-up” action in Papua-New Guinea and the islands to the north of Australia. Many saw this as demeaning and insulting. Others saw it as a waste of time and lives while others again saw it as a necessary part of defeating Japan and... [More]

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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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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]

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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]

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Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson: The Great Bulletin Debate

In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular Bulletin magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider class-division debate Australia was experiencing at the time. Lawson was the champion of the Bush and City battlers, while Patterson was accused of having a more "... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

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07 May
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

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07 May

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