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Have a look at what is happening in the Endeavour (Southern) region of Sydney U3A, which meets in the St George area and Sutherland Shire !

For news on current classes, go to Our Courses or Reports from our Courses. 2018 Second Semester programs for Gems of the Silver Screen and Explorations in Music is available at Our Courses. To look up the most recent newsletter, go to the sidebar on this page or Newsletters and for earlier articles, Past Events. The current course book and list of committee members can also be found on the sidebar on this page.

News from our Region

Spring gardens at Jannali and Como

30th October is a very important date for your diary – it is the date of the next (and last) 5th Tuesday Lecture for 2018. Course Reporters have been specially busy this month and there’s lots of excellent reading for you in that section, also see new details about U3A Sydney office location.

We are urgently seeking someone to take Ted Watson’s place as Regional Course Coordinator, please phone him to find out more.



will be held at

CLUB on EAST (formerly SUS Club)
7 East Parade, Sutherland – a short walk from Sutherland Station.
Club car park available for attendees

Tuesday 30 October   10.15 for 10.30am

Guest Speaker:  Gillian Lewis


Gillian Lewis

Gillian Lewis joined the ANMM as a volunteer guide in 2008 when she retired from a successful sales career in CSR Building Products. Gillian enjoys showing visitors over the museum’s fleet of vessels and museum galleries and has been a member of the ANMM Speakers for over 4 years, developing several of their presentations.

Gillian comes from a family with a long history in the merchant and Royal Australian Navies. She has a special interest in the loss with all hands of HMAS Sydney (II) in November 1941 and the story behind the action with HSK Kormoran. She is also interested in WW1 history, particularly the Western front theatre of war and is a passionate traveller. Gillian will explain special offers on the day.

On 30 October our presentation is about the life of William Bligh, our 4th Governor.

Was Bligh the uncaring tyrant so often portrayed in movies?

He showed skill and courage in battle and was praised by Nelson. That skill and courage was needed when Bligh and 18 supporters were cast adrift in an overcrowded small boat following the mutiny on HMAV Bounty with little chance of survival.

Bligh was a highly intelligent perfectionist, dedicated to duty & detail. However, his temper, acid tongue and intolerance of anyone who did not meet his expectations were a character flaw that played a major part in the confrontational situations throughout his life.

Position Vacant


Current Regional Coordinator, Ted Watson, has recently experienced health problems, including some memory loss from heart surgery, and has offered his resignation from the position.


  • Responding to enquiries about U3A membership and courses
  • Liaising with course leaders
  • Discussing proposed new courses with interested persons and evaluating the viability of such courses
  • Finding suitable venues for courses
  • Keeping attendance records from all courses
  • Extracting net figures from these attendance records to calculate fees payable to the Cronulla School of Arts for use of their facilities
  • Liaising with the School of Arts re storage, use of equipment, access to the building, photocopying, etc.
  • Attending meetings of the School of Arts committee as the U3A delegate
  • Contacting all leaders for updated course details to be included in each U3A Course Book – twice yearly
  • Receiving and editing input for each Course Book as above
  • Preparing final Course Book input using a standard template sent by U3A HQ, and forwarding the finished result to HQ within a specific time frame for publishing
  • Using the style guide provided by head office

The Course Regional Co-ordinator needs to have good computer skills, and to be able to work within the framework of the Course Book template.  A knowledge of spreadsheets would also be helpful in extrapolating the figures for payment to the School of Arts. Telephone availability and email are of course essential.

Please ring Ted on 9527 3689 or email ej.watson@optusnet.com.au


The new office is at (Suite 2, Level 10) St Martin’s Tower, 31 Market Sydney. The building is on the corner of York and Market Streets directly across from the QVB which is a bus interchange and a short step from Town Hall Station.

The new telephone number is: 9267 9056. with a diversion on the old number. New address:

Sydney U3A Inc

Suite 10.02 St Martin’s Tower

31 Market Street Sydney 2000

Other contact details will remain unaltered : email: mail@sydneyu3a.org and web: www.sydneyu3a.org

We ask for your patience during the process of installing connections for computers, phones etc and unpacking.  Be assured that we are striving to be up and running as soon as possible


Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 2nd November 2018 at 10.00am
in the Activity Room at Cronulla School of Arts, Cronulla.  All members are welcome to attend.


Endeavour Region Links

Click on one of the following links to take you to:


  1. Our Courses
  2. Reports from our Courses
  3. Our Newsletters
  4. Past Events


If you wish to make a suggestion including any corrections, provide feedback or supply material for this website, please contact Sue MacDonald at suzannemacdonald99@gmail.com or phone 9528 8179.

For information about Endeavour (Southern) U3A, contact Margaret Kingston by phoning 9522 9868 or emailing her at m.kingston1@bigpond.com