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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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Country Women's Association - A Century of Quiet Achievement

For one hundred years the Country Women’s Association has been making the world a better place for children, women in need, older people, and rural communities, but they have never rocked the boat or challenged the established order... and so they have succeeded in changing the world. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE CWA overseas, Australian women in 1922 Initial Objectives Challenges to Women’s Activities Achievements: Children, women, aged, rural LEARNING OUTCOMES By the... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
Country Women's Association - A Century of Quiet Achievement

<p>For one hundred years the Country Women’s Association has been making the world a better place for children, women in need, older people, and rural communities, but they have never rocked the boat

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River History: Feast and Flood at Windsor

Knowing the history of the colonizing of the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley can help us make sense of the 2022 floods. In looking back, we learn how we may proceed. First and second settlers, Darug and then British, learned about the power and bounty of the river, Dyarubbin. There was contact and also conflict between these two wildly different cultures. Using primary and secondary sources, students will be prepared for interpreting the structures and landscape on the Windsor walk. This... [More]
$39 Limited inc GST
River History: Feast and Flood at Windsor

<p>Knowing the history of the colonizing of the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley can help us make sense of the 2022 floods. In looking back, we learn how we may proceed. First and second settlers, Darug and

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Australian Army Nursing Sisters: Our Forgotten Heroes

When 65 Australian Army Nursing Sisters sailed for Singapore in 1941, the NSW Governor’s wife called them “the luckiest women alive”. However, in February 1942 the “impregnable” British fortress of Singapore fell to the Japanese. In the chaos that followed these nurses were evacuated on an overcrowded ship that was bombed by the Japanese. Of these 65 “luckiest women” only 24 would survive the bombing, massacre and imprisonment that followed. Yet nothing prepared them for the... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Australian Army Nursing Sisters: Our Forgotten Heroes

<p>When 65 Australian Army Nursing Sisters sailed for Singapore in 1941, the NSW Governor’s wife called them “the luckiest women alive”. However, in February 1942 the “impregnable” British fortress of

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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 to searching and recording that can be utilised for other non-English country archives. The course encourages students to use state and... [More]
$221 Limited inc GST / $199
How to Research Your Family History

<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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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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The Wrecks of the Edward Lombe and the Dunbar Maritime Tragedies for Colonial Sydney

The approaches to the Heads of Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour become perilous in stormy weather. On the night of 25 August, 1834, the barquentine-rigged Edward Lombe ran through the heads to escape a storm, only to have its anchor drag and be driven onto Middle Head. This wreck, and that of the Dunbar in 1857, created enormous controversy and debate at the time, leading to lasting changes in harbour safety. DELIVERY MODE Online COURSE OUTLINE The Edward Lombe: built in Derby,... [More]
$24 Limited inc GST
The Wrecks of the Edward Lombe and the Dunbar Maritime Tragedies for Colonial Sydney

<p>The approaches to the Heads of Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour become perilous in stormy weather. On the night of 25 August, 1834, the barquentine-rigged Edward Lombe ran through the heads to

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Antarctic Expeditions - Shackleton and Mawson

Mawson’s scientific motivation for exploring Antarctica has resulted in the Australian territory in Antarctica while Shackleton’s expedition was much more about British imperialism, however both expeditions resulted in enormous hardship and suffering, placing the explorers in extreme tests of courage and endurance. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE Shackleton, Objectives and preparation of the Shackleton expedition, First challenge, Two treks, Results of expedition Mawson,... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
Antarctic Expeditions - Shackleton and Mawson

<p>Mawson’s scientific motivation for exploring Antarctica has resulted in the Australian territory in Antarctica while Shackleton’s expedition was much more about British imperialism, however both

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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 beautiful St. Matthews church and old pubs. We will find out about historical characters such as Gomebeere, Governors Phillip & Macquarie,... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
River History Walk: Windsor & Hawkesbury River

<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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The Second Fleet's Arrival in 1790: Tragedy and Survival

The arrival of the Second Fleet at Sydney Cove in June 1790 saved the starving colony. Relief soon turned to shock and anger as the terrible conditions for convicts on board the ships came to light. The English government’s decision to engage slave traders Calvert and King to transport the second fleet convicts led to controversy and reform back in England. DELIVERY MODE Online COURSE OUTLINE Decision by the English government to send second fleet – decision to contract transport... [More]
$24 Limited inc GST
The Second Fleet's Arrival in 1790: Tragedy and Survival

<p>The arrival of the Second Fleet at Sydney Cove in June 1790 saved the starving colony. Relief soon turned to shock and anger as the terrible conditions for convicts on board the ships came to light

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Australia's Little-Known First Prime Minister

George Washington is a hero to most Americans, and Jawaharlal Nehru to most Indians, yet few Australians know even the name of Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister and first Minister for External Affairs, who retired to become a justice of the first High Court. We look at Barton's public and private life, his role in shaping the Australian federation, and his Cabinet, which was variously described as a "cabinet of kings", "orchestra of conductors", and "army of... [More]
$39 Limited inc GST
Australia's Little-Known First Prime Minister

<p>George Washington is a hero to most Americans, and Jawaharlal Nehru to most Indians, yet few Australians know even the name of Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister and first Minister

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River History: Feast and Flood at Emu Plains

Pre- and post-1788 Emu Plains history could be summarized as “plenty, penal, plenty”. First and second settlers, Darug and then British, learned about the power and bounty of the river, Dyarubbin. There was contact and also conflict between these two wildly different cultures. Using unreliable memoirs, reliable history and graphic materials, students will be prepared for interpreting the structures and landscape on the Emu Plains walk. This session can be taken on its own but is an... [More]
$39 Limited inc GST
River History: Feast and Flood at Emu Plains

<p>Pre- and post-1788 Emu Plains history could be summarized as “plenty, penal, plenty”. First and second settlers, Darug and then British, learned about the power and bounty of the river, Dyarubbin.

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

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