‘BAIL UP’ - AUSTRALIA’S BUSHRANGING ERA - Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm

Revisit Australia’s infamous Colonial bushranger period in this lecture series which investigates why many early settlers turned to crime. Who was our first Aboriginal bushranger? What happened to Ned Kelly’s remains? Did they hang the wrong brother after the Kenniff Brothers trial in Brisbane? Each class is presented using PowerPoint presentations and video documentaries where available.

ANCIENT BELIEF, from STONE AGE to about 100 AD (year 1) - Thursday 9.00am -11.00am

This course is a necessary prelude to understanding the Tuesday History Course

Term 1-Prehistoric Australian Belief, Early Ancient Age.
Term 2-Ancient Belief History & Religion c. 2000BC to  c. 600 BC.
Term 3-Belief and Religion - Ancient Empires; Assyrian, Greek, Persian, Roman, India, China. Philosophy and Wisdom to about 6BC.
Term 4-Maccabees, Herod, Early Roman Empire, Jesus and Apostles - 100AD.

ANCIENT BELIEF from about 100AD to present (year 2) - Tuesday 9.00am - 11.00

Year 2 Need to complete Year 1 before Year 2 (see Thursday)

Term 1-Christian Growth in East Europe & Britain.   Muslim Empire.
Term 2-Middle Ages, Manorial Age, Feudalism,         Crusades, Early Reform.
Term 3-Major Reformers, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant & Radical Reformers.
Term 4-Enlightenments, Science, Darwin, Atheism,   Politics in Australia.

ANCIENT EGYPT'S AMAZING HISTORY - Wednesday 2.00pm -4.00pm

Ancient Egyptian civilisation, extraordinarily impressive and mysterious, lasted longer than any other. This introductory survey course covers the 3000 year span from the Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt to the death of Cleopatra, last of the Ptolemy rulers. No previous knowledge necessary.

ANTARCTICA - EXPLORATION and ECOLOGY - Thursday 2.00pm - 4.00pm

It will focus on human exploration of this vast continent including Scott, Shackleton & Mawson, along with the ecology including various marine animals and bird     species. Course includes PowerPoint, DVDs and notes.

CHINA'S MAGNIFICENT HISTORY - Wednesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm

China with its fascinating history and distinctive culture, is one of the oldest and most enduring civilisations on earth. This introductory survey course will take you on a journey through 4000 years of its history from Sage King Yao to Communist Chairman Mao. No previous know-ledge necessary.

CHURCH HISTORY Stories from the first 1000 Years - Wednesday 9.00am -10.30am

We will look at the rise and spread of Christianity, and opposition in the form of persecution, heresy and rival belief systems; the rise of Monasticism, the Papacy and Eastern Orthodoxy. Significant figures will appear, including Constantine, Pope Gregory 1, Alfred the Great, Charlemagne and important women of the era. The fall of the Roman Empire, the Irish reception of the faith, the rise of Islam, and English history up to 1066 will feature. Maybe even King Arthur will turn up.

EUROPE in the MIDDLE AGES - Tuesday 11.30am - 1.30pm

This will include such topics as: Charlemagne, the Vikings, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Britain, the place of women in society, the Gothic cathedral, the first Universities, the Crusades, the Black Death  and much more! (Includes PowerPoint, Notes & DVDs)

FAMILY HISTORY - Beginners Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm

This is a beginner group where you will be shown how to start researching your family history.  Topics we will cover are - Citing sources, which family history program is better, filling in various forms, using Excel for family history, researching Australian births, marriages and deaths, DNA. Births, marriages and deaths in England - to name a few.
A laptop is preferable but a tablet is great for searching the internet.  These are brought along each week. You MUST have a laptop or PC for a family history program.

FAMILY HISTORY - Intermediate Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm

Have you been researching your family history for a while but need some help finding records? This group will take you through the steps to unearth hidden      records. We will show you how to research Ancestry, Find My Past and Family Search without using the search engine provided. We will be looking at Immigration and Archives and what is available at libraries. Laptop or tablet required for internet searching.

FAMILY HISTORY - Forum Monday 9.00am - 11.00am

Researching your family history can be rewarding but frustrating when we are blocked by a brick wall. In our group we discuss various methods to, maybe help you over, or at least, sidestep this wall. Anyone who has been researching their family history is welcome to attend. Our discussions are interesting and lively, sometimes off topic, but we each learn from one another. This group is NOT for beginners.

KINGS & QUEENS of GREAT BRITAIN Tuesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm

A comprehensive look at the Royal family of Great Britain and Australia from King Egbert, England (780AD) and early Scottish Monarchs. Included are simplified family tree pages, interwoven with the birth and growth of the democratic society. Finally we look closely at the feminine side of many women born close to the Monarchy

PERSIA UNVEILED Monday 9.00am - 11.00am

This course will cover the history of Iran with emphasis on the First Persian Empire (The Achaemenides), Alexander and his successors, the Second Persian Empire (The Sassanid) and the emergence and development of Islamic Persia culminating in the Republic of Iran.  There will be special emphasis put upon sources, both literary and archaeological.  There are no course prerequisites. Just bring your wit, wisdom and wonder

RISE & FALL of THE BRITISH EMPIRE Monday 11.30am - 1.30pm

This course will survey Britain’s rise as a world power along with its empire “upon which the sun never sets”. Also gradual transformation of the empire into today's “Commonwealth of Nations”. Course includes PowerPoint, DVDs and notes

VICTORIAN BRITAIN Group 1 Wednesday 11.30am - 1.30pm

This course will survey the period of British history when Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. It will include social and political ideas along with other aspects of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Course will       include PowerPoint, DVDs and notes

VICTORIAN BRITAIN Group 2 Wednesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm

This course will survey the period of British history when Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. It will include social and political ideas along with other aspects of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Course will include PowerPoint, DVDs and notes


We are an enthusiastic group of writers who are focused on composing exciting stories about our families. You will be shown ideas on how to weave names, dates and places into historical and personal stories resulting in a fascinating narrative. Goals are set each week to help you along your journey. You must be prepared to read your stories out in class, as we may discuss ideas to help develop your writing
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