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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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Australia's History Wars

Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to include debate over the validity of the Anzac legend. In both cases revisionist historians have challenged accepted orthodox views. In recent times the... [More]
$149 Limited / $134

<p>Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to

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11 May
$149 Limited / $134

<p>Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to

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11 May

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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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21 May
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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Nature's Great Divide - The Wallace Line

It was Alfred Russel Wallace who realized the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia, a boundary subsequently named the ‘Wallace Line’. It was tectonic plate movement that brought these disparate worlds together to create the biogeographic region known as ‘Wallacea’. On the Asian... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>It was Alfred Russel Wallace who realized the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia, a boundary subsequently named the ‘

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27 May

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Aussie Crooks: Frauds, Thieves and Coppers

With a colony started by convicts what can you expect but that Australia should have a colourful history of crime? From the forgers and blackmailers who became our earliest writers and architects, to con artists who used the ocean as a barrier to detection, to the thefts and assaults of the goldfields, and on to false identities, swindles, hoaxes,... [More]
$67 Limited / $60

<p>With a colony started by convicts what can you expect but that Australia should have a colourful history of crime? From the forgers and blackmailers who became our earliest writers and architects,

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05 Jun

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River History Walk: Windsor & Hawkesbury River

This walk takes us around Windsor which was first settled by the British in 1795, beside the bountiful Hawkesbury. Dyarubbin - as the river was called by the Darug people - has choke points which create monster floods. We will explore the cooperation and conflict between First and Second settlers. Windsor has preserved its history with the... [More]
$108 Limited / $97

<p>This walk takes us around Windsor which was first settled by the British in 1795, beside the bountiful Hawkesbury. <em>Dyarubbin</em> - as the river was called by the Darug people - has choke

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08 Jun

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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... [More]
$39 Limited

<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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08 Jun
$39 Limited

<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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14 Jun

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The Stories Behind the Pictures: Shedding Light on the Photographic Materials in the NSW State Archives

In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Speakers: Anna Gray and Jenny Sloggett   The NSW State Archives includes a vast collection of photographic images created by NSW Government agencies, beginning in the late nineteenth century. The original format of these images range from glass plates and lantern slides to 35mm negatives,... [More]
$35 Limited / $32

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

<p><strong>Speakers:</strong> Anna Gray and Jenny Sloggett<br />

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<p>The NSW State Archives includes a vast

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15 Jun

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How to Research Your Irish Ancestors

The course provides an introduction to the key primary and secondary sources of information required to locate (Northern & Southern) Irish family. 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... [More]
$129 Limited / $116

<p>The course provides an introduction to the key primary and secondary sources of information required to locate (Northern &amp; Southern) Irish family. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on

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18 Jun
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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Can a New Australian Foreign Policy be Created?

The basic themes in Australian foreign policy have not changed over the past century or so. There are occasional calls for a new foreign policy to be created, such as a more independent, self-reliant Australia. But is it possible to even create a new policy? What are the hurdles to a new policy? What are possible alternatives? DELIVERY MODE Online... [More]
$24 Limited

<p>The basic themes in Australian foreign policy have not changed over the past century or so. There are occasional calls for a new foreign policy to be created, such as a more independent,

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24 Jun

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Ben Chifley's Open Secret

Australia's first postwar prime minister ran the country very largely from his room in the Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra, with the help of his long-time secretary/companion. The media all knew about his relationship with her and perhaps with her elder sister, but were silent because of their respect for one of Labor’s greatest leaders. Today we look... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Australia's first postwar prime minister ran the country very largely from his room in the Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra, with the help of his long-time secretary/companion. The media all knew about

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28 Jun

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