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A Womens’s Sphere: How 19th Century British Women Created a Social Revolution that Changed the Empire

In 19th century Britain and her colonies, the socio-religious doctrine known as “The Two Spheres” was enshrined in law. This doctrine defined the roles of men and women in society. Two clearly delineated spheres – the masculine sphere was the world of action, politics, economics, education and religion; the feminine sphere was the world of hearth and home where women were subservient to father, husband or brother because by law they were deemed to be "minors'; unfit to have an... [More]

Four Interesting Women from the 19th Century

This course looks at the lives of four interesting women living in Australia in the 19th Century. Some biographical information and other sources from the period will be used. One of these women had significant impact in colonial Sydney and two were Irish born, one was quite notorious and the other’s true identity was not revealed until after her death. Those studied will be: Caroline Chisholm, Lola Montez, opera singer Anna Bishop, who had an adventurous life and Dr James Barry.... [More]

Pride, Faith And Blood: The American Civil War And Its Aftermath

Every Federation has struggles between States' rights and national policies. In the United States these led to a civil war which cost more lives than all other wars in which Americans have been involved put together. The war left scars that are still raw, especially in the South, where the Confederate flag flies defiantly over some government buildings as well as private homes, and even outside some churches. This course considers the dis-united states and territories before the... [More]

The Victorian Age And Its Legacy

We’ve all heard the story of Victorian-age prudery which is said to have led to piano legs being covered with frilly lace so that lustful minds could not be excited by bare ankles. Yet, outside the home, in Victorian England, prostitution flourished as never before. This is one of the many paradoxes of the Victorian age, which also saw growing wealth and growing poverty, great buildings and workers' slums, strict morality at home and aggression abroad... Yet Victorian England’s... [More]

Southeast Asia: History, Culture and Australian Involvement

Southeast Asia is more important to Australia than anywhere else but most people’s knowledge of it tends to be superficial and often inaccurate. Our media focuses on Europe which is of marginal relevance to Australia and where we have no influence or importance. This course provides an introductory overview of the region which matters to us and where we can have some influence if we play our cards right. We look at history, politics and geography as well as regional developments.... [More]

Discover The Lives Of Four Fascinating Women In Australian History

Enjoy this exploration of the lives of fascinating women from Australia’s past. Our heroines include Betsy Broughton, the girl taken by the Maoris after the massacre of the Boyd in NZ, rescued and later married to Charles Throsby, the nephew of the explorer; Betsy Balcombe, who had an association with Napoleon when he was exiled on St Helena, and who subsequently came to Australia; Lady Jane Franklin, the adventurous wife of the Tasmanian Governor and Arctic explorer, who lost his... [More]

Four Diverse Women In Australian History

This discussion course covers four women from different eras – Ester Abrahams, a First Fleet convict; Adelaide Ironside, artist, who in 1855 at the age of 23 years was the first Australian women to study art in Europe; Vida Goldstein, Australian feminist and suffragist; and finally the McDonagh Sisters, early Australian film makers. Course Tutor Joan Lawrence Supplied Course Material Course Booklet Units & Pricing 4 units / $58 per person Course Code for Enrolment D212 Getting... [More]

Rebellion! Behind The Eureka Stockade

Just before dawn on the morning of December 3 1854, 296 soldiers and police descended on the sleeping inhabitants of the stockade which had been roughly thrown together on the Eureka Lead in Ballarat. Fifteen minutes later twenty-two miners lay dead and the rebellion against the authority of the Crown had been quashed. The issues which had driven the Ballarat miners to erect the stockade were not unique to Ballarat. The discovery of gold in Australia, and in particular the new... [More]

Bismarck And The Second Reich

In the middle of the 19th century, the idea of the unification of Germany became a huge popular movement. The declining nobility opposed it, but it gave Prussia the opportunity to enlarge its power base and for Bismarck to emerge as the architect of the Second Reich. We will trace the remarkable career of this most powerful man of half a century, who was by universal consent the archetype of the manipulative politician, as we delve into the politics and personalities of 19th... [More]

Portraits of Russia: Rublëv, Pushkin, Turgenev, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky

This course, focussed on the life and work of some of Russia’s most outstanding personalities, will begin with the work of Andrey Rublëv, Russia’s most famous icon painter, and his circle, and the Byzantine background to Russian iconography. Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, and his immortal poem ‘Yevgeny Onegin’ will be the subject of the second unit, while the third will be devoted to the novelist Ivan Turgenev. The fourth unit will provide an overview of the music of... [More]