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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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How to Research Your Family History

This course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories, no matter their country of origin. Whilst only English-language sites are used as case studies, the course provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach... [More]
$221 Limited / $199

<p>This course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories, no matter their country of origin. Whilst only

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06 Aug
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course.

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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... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>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

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21 Aug

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Lawyers and the Land

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Speakers: Carol Liston and Christine Yeats This workshop will discuss how you may find out about your ancestors through the records of the various firms of solicitors that have deposited records with the State Library of NSW. The speakers will discuss how these ‘hidden gems’ can link to... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

<p><strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong></p>

<p><strong>Speakers:</strong> Carol Liston and Christine Yeats</p>

<p>This workshop will discuss how you may find

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24 Aug

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The Australian Overland Telegraph Line

On 22 August 1872 the construction of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line between Port Augusta in South Australia and Darwin in the Northern Territory was completed, connecting Australia to the rest of the world. Spanning more than 3,000km through barren outback terrain, this achievement is one of the highlights of 19th century Australian... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>On 22 August 1872 the construction of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line between Port Augusta in South Australia and Darwin in the Northern Territory was completed, connecting Australia to the

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26 Aug

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How to Research Your Possible 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 using state and local... [More]
$129 Limited / $116

<p>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

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27 Aug
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course. This class has been postponed to Winter term by request of the tutor.

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Messages by New Pathways

Today we can contact people around the globe in seconds. But how did humans learn to transcribe thought and language? In Australia, the first nations used sophisticated messaging protocols to interact across social boundaries. It took two years before Governor Arthur Phillip's first dispatches to London bore fruit, with the arrival of Lady Juliana... [More]
$113 Limited / $102

<p>Today we can contact people around the globe in seconds. But how did humans learn to transcribe thought and language? In Australia, the first nations used sophisticated messaging protocols to

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27 Aug

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The Glory Days of Sydney's Department Stores

In the 1930s Sydney’s great department stores were among the city’s largest employers. Anthony Horderns, Curzons, David Jones, Farmers, Grace Bros, Hordern Bros, McDowells, Marcus Clarke, Mark Foys, Snows and Waltons were all household names, but a few exploited the religious prejudices of the time – Anthony Horderns employed only Protestants and... [More]
$102 Limited / $92

<p>In the 1930s Sydney’s great department stores were among the city’s largest employers. Anthony Horderns, Curzons, David Jones, Farmers, Grace Bros, Hordern Bros, McDowells, Marcus Clarke, Mark Foys

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30 Aug

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The Lost Towns of the Old Hume Highway

Australia surely has no road with a more colourful past than the Old Hume Highway. Explorers, pioneers, highwaymen, bushrangers, convicts and the law have all played their part in establishing the route of this major inter-capital road. Our journey today, is to follow this most historic of Australian routes and rediscover its story and the lost... [More]
$113 Limited / $102

<p>Australia surely has no road with a more colourful past than the Old Hume Highway. Explorers, pioneers, highwaymen, bushrangers, convicts and the law have all played their part in establishing the

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04 Sep
$113 Limited / $102

<p>Australia surely has no road with a more colourful past than the Old Hume Highway. Explorers, pioneers, highwaymen, bushrangers, convicts and the law have all played their part in establishing the

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10 Sep

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The Greatest Australian Albums of All Time

Australian popular music is world class. It has a long history of great music and amazing albums from well-known artists like Midnight Oil and AC/DC to lesser known groups such as Flume, Chain and Adalita. We get behind the history of these bands and the making of their albums and of course play and discuss the music. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face... [More]
$81 Limited / $73

<p>Australian popular music is world class. It has a long history of great music and amazing albums from well-known artists like Midnight Oil and AC/DC to lesser known groups such as Flume, Chain and

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05 Sep

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Australia's Founding Fathers

Most Australians have heard of Sir Henry Parkes, ‘the father of Federation’, but he was only the most notable of a number of men who campaigned for Federation and wrote successive versions of the Australian Constitution. Today we consider the lives and contributions of Parkes and five of his most notable but largely forgotten colleagues. Five of... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Most Australians have heard of Sir Henry Parkes, ‘the father of Federation’, but he was only the most notable of a number of men who campaigned for Federation and wrote successive versions of the

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06 Sep

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