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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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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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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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15 Sep

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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]

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River History Walks: Emu Plains & Nepean River

The walk at Emu Plains is mostly beside the beautiful Nepean river where there is a sense of pre-1788 flora and fauna. First settlers, the Darug, and second settlers, the British, had to learn about the power and bounty of the river, Dyarubbin. What did the English elite see when they first voyaged the river? How high have the many floods reached?... [More]

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