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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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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 & Southern) family and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites.

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01 Oct
$125 Limited / $113

<p>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.

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21 Nov

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The Post-Federation Governors of NSW

Federation era discussion on whether the role of state Governors should be abolished was dismissed out of concern of Federal interference. However, those post colonial governors did have to negotiate their powers, sometimes to the point of conflict with the premier. After World War 2 a new challenge emerged: were Australians actually capable of... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Federation era discussion on whether the role of state Governors should be abolished was dismissed out of concern of Federal interference. However, those post colonial governors did have to

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17 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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07 Nov

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Victory in 1918: Australia's Contribution

From the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 until weeks before the armistice with Germany was signed and the war ended, Australians were in the forefront of the fighting. They fought in the August Battle of Amiens, Germany’s “blackest day”. They were at Mont St Quentin, Peronne and Le Hamel. They suffered devastating casualties that brought... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>From the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 until weeks before the armistice with Germany was signed and the war ended, Australians were in the forefront of the fighting. They fought in the

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10 Nov

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Getting to Know the Australian Joint Copying Project

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Speaker: Christine Yeats The aim of the Australian Joint Copying Project, which began in 1948, was to microfilm records from The National Archives (UK), County Record Offices and personal archives and manuscripts collections in the UK relating to Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere in... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

<strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong><br/><strong>Speaker:</strong> Christine Yeats<br/><p><br/>The aim of the Australian Joint Copying Project, which began in

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25 Nov

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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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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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05 Dec

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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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Who Do You Think You Might Be? - A Taste of Family History Research

A brief introduction to the types of records you can use to document your family history. These records will include both Australian and overseas sources, many on the web and some cost-free. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney... [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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