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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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A Different Army: The AIF of WWII

The First AIF, the Australian Army of the First World War, created the Anzac Legend. This army was credited with a sense of egalitarianism, democracy, larrikinism and superior fighting skills. Was the army of the Second World War like this? What was it like to be a soldier in the army from 1939 to 1945? Did they follow in their father’s footsteps?... [More]
$65 Limited

The First AIF, the Australian Army of the First World War, created the Anzac Legend. This army was credited with a sense of egalitarianism, democracy, larrikinism and superior fighting skills. Was the

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29 Nov

The Old Ghan - Historic Railways in Central Australia

Two narrow-gauge railways, the Central Australian Railway from Port Pirie to Alice Springs and the North Australia Railway from Larrimah to Darwin, were intended to be the two ends of a transcontinental line to open up the interior and replace the Afghans and their camels who had pioneered the harsh, arid desert. The story of their building and... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Two narrow-gauge railways, the Central Australian Railway from Port Pirie to Alice Springs and the North Australia Railway from Larrimah to Darwin, were intended to be the two ends of a

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06 Dec

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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]
$215 Limited / $193

<p>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

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20 Nov
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.
$221 Limited / $199

<p>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

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10 Jan
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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Introduction to Australian Poetry – Oi! Oi! Oi!

Australian poetry has a story to tell about Australia its land and its people. It is a story full of humour, pathos, joy and charm. This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of Oz – oi! oi! oi!... [More]
$0 Limited

Australian poetry has a story to tell about Australia its land and its people. It is a story full of humour, pathos, joy and charm. This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of Oz – oi! oi

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13 Jan

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The Chinese in Australia

One of the great mysteries of history is - just when did China discover Australia and what happened after Chinese people arrived here? We will explore the following questions: When and why did the Chinese come to New South Wales and what were the aims and work of the sojourners and immigrants? How did they respond to the often savage treatment by... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>One of the great mysteries of history is - just when did China discover Australia and what happened after Chinese people arrived here? We will explore the following questions: When and why did the

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22 Jan
$67 Limited

<p>One of the great mysteries of history is - just when did China discover Australia and what happened after Chinese people arrived here? We will explore the following questions: When and why did the

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29 Jan

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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]
$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

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30 Jan

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Advance Australia Fair – Australian Poetry

Australian poetry is as rich and diverse as the country itself spanning from the early bush ballads to modern conversational poems. Explore the majestic voice of Australian poetry from the famous and lesser known poets including Wright, Slessor, Dawe, Porter, Harwood, Hope, Murray and Paterson. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE Bush poety... [More]
$239 Limited / $215

<p>Australian poetry is as rich and diverse as the country itself spanning from the early bush ballads to modern conversational poems. Explore the majestic voice of Australian poetry from the famous

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01 Feb

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Great Love Stories from Australian History

What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few words doesn’t quite match the roses and chocolates of Valentine’s Day advertising or the life and death theatricality of old Hollywood. But this land has... [More]
$81 Limited / $73

<p>What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few

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12 Feb
$81 Limited / $73

<p>What makes for true love in the lives people have really lived? When people talk of the great lovers of the world they rarely mention Australians – that image of the long, lean, laconic man of few

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19 Feb

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Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

Discover Sydney's fabulous and ever-changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from major galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists, learn... [More]
$198 Limited / $178

<p>Discover Sydney's fabulous and ever-changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a

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12 Feb

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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]
$67 Limited

<p>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

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13 Feb

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