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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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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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Kokoda: Australia's Defining Military Campaign

Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for Australia in World War II. Discover what happened in this campaign, with an emphasis on the personal experiences of Australian soldiers; and look at the... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for

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11 Jan

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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