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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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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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Tasmania: Dark Past to Dark Mofo

The British travel writer, AA Gill, said of Hobart that it had ‘a moment of vaunting affluence, a long period of decline and a shock of eccentricity’. In many respects, Gill’s description of Hobart can be applied to the whole of Tasmania. This course aims to provide a modern perspective on a visit to the apple isle. An overview of history,... [More]

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The Dismissal: The Sacking of the Whitlam Government

The 1970s were a period of great change and reform. Gough Whitlam’s Labor government was elected after 23 years of coalition government and promises of great reform. While it delivered the reforms promised, it created huge opposition from business and conservatives and, at times, showed a clumsiness and lack of control that would attract criticism.... [More]

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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]

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