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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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Jack Lang and the Great Depression

Jack Lang, like Gough Whitlam, looms large in Labor and Australian history. Both were “Big Fellas” who dared to take on the establishment. Both paid a high price for their stands, sacked by the respective vice-regal governors. We look at Jack Lang and his controversial role in the Great Depression: why he was loved by the poor and unemployed but... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Jack Lang, like Gough Whitlam, looms large in Labor and Australian history. Both were “Big Fellas” who dared to take on the establishment. Both paid a high price for their stands, sacked by the

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19 Oct

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Turning Points in Australian Democracy since Federation

Our democracy is shaped by turning points – slow burning as well as sudden. From Federation, through conscription and the dismissal of the Whitlam government and more, come for a journey through time. Find out what was happening in Australia and the world at the time of five turning points. How did other countries react? What was the short and... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Our democracy is shaped by turning points – slow burning as well as sudden. From Federation, through conscription and the dismissal of the Whitlam government and more, come for a journey through

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21 Oct

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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 Nov
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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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]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>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

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06 Nov

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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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13 Nov
This class has been postponed to a new start date for Spring term. 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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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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14 Nov

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Researching Soldiers in Your Local Community

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Chair: Christine Yeats Speaker: Elizabeth Heffernan A presentation investigating the online resources available for researching First and Second World War Australian service personnel. Participants are invited to follow along the Internet trail with their own local soldier to ask... [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>Speaker:</strong> Elizabeth Heffernan

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17 Nov

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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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20 Nov
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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What Next for the Murdoch Dynasty?

Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key role in media and politics in Australia and around the world since Walter Murdoch helped establish the ABC in 1932. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key

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23 Nov

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Battle of the Eureka Stockade - December 1854

The battle of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 was the culmination of long-standing grievances including exorbitant licence fees, police brutality and lack of voting rights imposed by the Victorian colonial government. Driven to extreme measures, the ‘diggers’ on the goldfields, who hailed from more than 20 countries, gathered and formed the Ballarat... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The battle of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 was the culmination of long-standing grievances including exorbitant licence fees, police brutality and lack of voting rights imposed by the Victorian

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25 Nov

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