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The Adventures of Captain Bligh

William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost not just a ship but the entire colony of NSW to a group of disgruntled settlers and soldiers. We look at Bligh’s seafaring journeys with James Cook, the remarkable story of survival after the mutiny on the Bounty and the later “Rum Rebellion”. As author Rob Mundle has titled his book –... [More]
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The Adventures of Captain Bligh

<p>William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost

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The Rum Rebellion

The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism. Treason? And yet the perpetrators, starting with Macarthur and Johnston, lived to a rich, old age, while their victims, from the Governor down to his lowly Hawkesbury district defenders, rarely recovered what they had lost. This was a time of high drama and extreme personalities. Even... [More]
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The Rum Rebellion

<p>The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism.

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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take place on 3 June 1769, would not occur again for more than 100 years, and they needed an observation in the Southern Hemisphere. Cook’s instructions were to then explore the coast of New Zealand, reached 125 years earlier by Abel Tasman and after that he could decide on the best route to... [More]
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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take

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Sydney Discovery Walks - Maritime History Walk

Meet outside Museum of Contemporary Art entrance, Circular Quay side. A leisurely stroll along the harbour foreshore: The Rocks, Dawes Point, Walsh Bay and Millers Point, showcasing some of Sydney’s maritime past, including art, architecture, historical facts, anecdotes, trivia and funny stories. The tour concludes at Argyle Place. Tour includes uneven and potentially slippery surfaces as well as some stairs and uphill sections and thus is, unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible.... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Sydney Discovery Walks - Maritime History Walk

<strong><em>Meet outside Museum of Contemporary Art entrance, Circular Quay side</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>A leisurely stroll along the harbour foreshore: The Rocks, Dawes Point, Walsh Bay and

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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 world. This tour covers some of the most beautiful and ornate buildings in Sydney. Our easy walk entails some standing, but does commence... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Victorian and Federation Sydney - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

<strong><em>Meet at Downing Centre, 143-147 Liverpool Street</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>The story of the founding of colonial Sydney is well known, but what is less well known is the Victorian and

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More Mavericks that Shaped Australia

Take another look at Australian history through the lens of the wonderful mavericks it inspired. The people who said ‘no’ to convention, often took on the establishment and managed to attract the attention of their contemporaries. They changed Australian society, often for the better. In two sessions, I would like to celebrate them and find out what they contributed to our country. COURSE OUTLINE The people shaping Australia in its first century: From the start, Australia has been... [More]
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More Mavericks that Shaped Australia

<p>Take another look at Australian history through the lens of the wonderful mavericks it inspired. The people who said ‘no’ to convention, often took on the establishment and managed to attract the

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Sydney Discovery Walks - Pyrmont Renewal Walk

Meet outside main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Explore the revitalised former industrial heartland of Sydney and cradle of its wealth on this exciting three-hour circuit walk around the peninsula which the Gadigal people called Pirrama. Hear stories and descriptions of years gone by and see how the place has changed from industrial powerhouse to derelict ruins to modern city living. Please note: This walk will go ahead whatever the weather,... [More]
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Sydney Discovery Walks - Pyrmont Renewal Walk

<em><strong>Meet outside main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.</strong></em><br/><p><br/>Explore the revitalised former industrial heartland of Sydney and cradle

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Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone South Walk

Meet at the Cenotaph outside 1 Martin Place. Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. Two clusters of such buildings are located along Macquarie St and George St between Martin Place and Bathurst St respectively. Not only are these buildings architecturally impressive and showcasing fascinating features, but many interesting stories are attached to the people planning, constructing and using them. Join Jo Gerk on a leisurely two-hour stroll of... [More]
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Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone South Walk

<strong><em>Meet at the Cenotaph outside 1 Martin Place.</em></strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. Two clusters of such buildings are located

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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 organisations and to be disciplined in file keeping. This course assumes a basic level of computer and internet literacy. Students are... [More]
$96 Limited inc GST / $86
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

<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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