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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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Australia's North African Campaign 1940-1943

The Second AIF saw itself in the image of the First AIF in 1918. They were daring, highly trained and either dogged in defence or brilliant in victory. Names like Bardia, Benghazi, Tobruk and El Alamein have gone down in history. In this lecture we look at the experiences of this army and judge if their reputation was justified. DELIVERY MODE This... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The Second AIF saw itself in the image of the First AIF in 1918. They were daring, highly trained and either dogged in defence or brilliant in victory. Names like Bardia, Benghazi, Tobruk and El

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17 Jul

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The Colonial Governors of NSW

“I never heard of any one single person having so great a power invested in him as the Governor has by his Commission,” said Ralph Clark about Arthur Phillip, first Governor of NSW. But the Governor had to be the one person to represent British law throughout the colony. That autocratic rule ended officially in 1856 but the Governor continued to... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>“I never heard of any one single person having so great a power invested in him as the Governor has by his Commission,” said Ralph Clark about Arthur Phillip, first Governor of NSW. But the

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01 Aug

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Crossing the Blue Mountains: Katoomba to Bathurst

Since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans had wanted to cross the distant blue barrier presented by the mountains. We look at the heritage of this once impenetrable mountain range and explore our own crossing of it with an appreciation of history from Katoomba to Bathurst. Ideal for people wanting to know more about Sydney’s most... [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. We look at the heritage of this once impenetrable mountain range

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08 Aug

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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.... [More]
$15 Limited

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.

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10 Sep

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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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17 Sep

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Aboriginal Heroes of the Past

Aboriginal people have been sharing this country with other cultures since 1788 and while there has been much tragedy in that time, there have also been real friendships and collaborations. We are all enriched whenever we can see people show courage, generosity, intelligence, or talent, and so these stories of heroes who reached out to help when... [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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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]

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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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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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