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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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Battles on the Home Front: Conscription in Australia (1916-1917)

Examine the political, social, economic and religious context; the crucial role of women; and the tactics and propaganda of both sides in the conscription plebiscites in which Prime Minister Billy Hughes was twice defeated.... [More]
$31 Limited

Examine the political, social, economic and religious context; the crucial role of women; and the tactics and propaganda of both sides in the conscription plebiscites in which Prime Minister Billy

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13 Jan

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Crossing the Blue Mountains

Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. From a distance the mountains looked as if they could easily be crossed, typified by Governor Phillip’s intention, ‘to shortly explore their summits.’ But the Europeans found them to be a region of plateaus, deeply gouged... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. From a distance the mountains looked as if they could easily be

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08 Feb

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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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15 Feb

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A History of Aboriginal Political Thought

This course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times incorporates non – Aboriginal people as well. Influences drawn on and rejected are discussed as well as Aboriginal analyses of history. It relies on printed and some documentary... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>This course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times incorporates non – Aboriginal

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21 Feb

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Australia on the Map

Every visitor who passes through the vestibule of the Mitchell Library stops to admire the magnificent marble mosaic of the Tasman Map. Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries, the first map of Australia took shape and was not to change for another 125 years until the British explorer James Cook... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Every visitor who passes through the vestibule of the Mitchell Library stops to admire the magnificent marble mosaic of the Tasman Map. Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based

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22 Feb

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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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07 Mar

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Conservation Workshop

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Course Location: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney. Speaker: Tegan Anthes This workshop will be presented by Tegan Anthes, who will provide advice and guidance on the conservation of personal collections of documents, papers and photographs. Tegan will look at some of the basic... [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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11 Mar

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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

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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25 Mar

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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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28 Mar

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Researching Your AIF Ancestors

Explore Australian sources for researching (WWI) AIF servicemen and women with a focus on records held by National Archives of Australia (NAA) and Australian War Memorial (AWM). We also look at plus other resources held by State Libraries and relevant reference texts, newspapers and gazettes. A comprehensive list of Australian resources and... [More]
$31 Limited

Explore Australian sources for researching (WWI) AIF servicemen and women with a focus on records held by National Archives of Australia (NAA) and Australian War Memorial (AWM). We also look at plus

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28 Mar

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