IW Courses

Course Book  – 2021 Semester 1

The City and Inner West Region section of the Course Book for Semester 1, 2021 is now available. Members have been sent an email inviting them to download or view a PDF copy.

If you have indicated your preference for a printed copy at an additional cost of $10 per year (paid when you renew membership), it will be mailed to you directly from the printers.

Attend Courses in Any Region

Members of Sydney U3A can attend courses in any Region, not just the Region in which they live. City and Inner West (C&IW) Region welcomes members from all Regions to attend courses in C&IW Region.

Bookings are essential, and popular courses fill very quickly. The listing below for each course has the contact details for the Booking Secretary for that course.


Course Cancellation – Pathways to the Gods

Unfortunately, due to the ill health of the leader, all sessions from April 23 to June 25 of the course Pathways to the Gods at St Helens Community Centre, Glebe have had to be cancelled.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Friday Mornings at Leichhardt Library

We are delighted to announce that Face-to-Face sessions resume at Leichhardt Library every Friday morning after Easter.
All sessions start at 10:30 and run for 2 hours.

The Library is on the Piazza Level of the Italian Forum, 23 Norton St., Leichhardt

Convenor and bookings: Janice Millard 0419 203 361

9 Apr – The Convict Bonnets Project
Dr Christine Henri’s (Hobart Museum) quest to discover and document stories of female convicts sent to Hobart in the early years.
Speaker: Trish Skehan.

16 Apr – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences/Powerhouse
One of the few museums covering design, arts, technology and science. Stewart covers its history, buildings, collection, and important events.
Speaker: Stewart Reed

23 and 30 Apr – Fiji – an Insider’s Perspective
Fiji in the 1800’s: Tribal warfare, cannibalism, Cession, early Colonial era, arrival of the Indians. Forward 100 years to Independence, political adolescence, and national rebuilding.
Speaker: Andrew Drysdale

7 May – Nefertari: First Wife of Ramesses the Great
Situated in the Valley of the Queens, Nefertari’s spectacular tomb was discovered in 1904. It contains vivid images of the queen’s voyage to the netherworld.
Speaker: Glennise West

14 May – Grain of Sand
Beach and desert sand: how it has transformed our world, including the hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining.
Speaker: Ian Thompson

21 May – Founding Fathers of USA: George Washington
General during the French and Indian war; leader of the American Continental Army (War of Independence) against the British; Washington was twice elected President of USA.
Speaker: James Murray

28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun – From Sheba to Petra along the Incense and Monsoon Routes
Less well known than the Silk Route, the Incense Route wound its way to the “rose red city” of Petra, then to Alexandria and Damascus.
Speaker: John Tidmarsh

18 June – The Huguenots: France and Australia
Two Huguenot descendants’ stories, from quite different British backgrounds, who led productive lives in the NSW colony making important civic contributions to their host communities.
Speaker: Roger Jachau

25 June – The Physics of the Mind
What makes us alive and human? What are free will and consciousness? Where does ethics come from? Does physics illuminate these Big Questions?
Speaker: Ian Bryce

Friday Morning Zoom Sessions

For the last year we have been conducting Friday Morning Zoom sessions from 10:30 to 12:30. These will continue until the end of June 2021

If you are interested in attending the Zoom sessions, please email u3a.innerwest@gmail.com

Corrections and Updates

From time to time there are changes to course details after publication of the Course Book. The changes to courses in the City & Inner West Region are listed below. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Ashfield: Cardinal Freeman Village

Bridge for the Less Competitive

This course is on hold as the venue is currently not available due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ashfield: Club Ashfield

Cooperative Relaxation and Stretching Activities

Wednesdays 10:00 to 12:00 (excluding school holidays

The Leader is Lois Knight
All bookings to Margaret Quinn marg.terry@bigpond.com

Other courses at Club Ashfield

All other courses at Club Ashfield are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Burwood: Club Burwood

The French Revolution – Then and Now

This course is on hold until April as the Leader is unavailable

Burwood: Woodstock Centre

Classic Movies

Please note that the Booking Secretary is unavailable
To book, please phone the Leader Hugh Watson on 0466 910 680

City: U3A Office

Poetry: The Sonnet – A Close Reading

The correct phone number for Patricia Loughlan, the leader and booking secretary, is 0425 284 869

City: Millers Point Classes Moved to U3A City Office

Unfortunately the Millers Point venue is not available to U3A at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions. The following courses have been moved to the U3A City Office.

Where Did The Modern School Come From?

U3A City Office
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  Apr 6

Reading Ancient Greek Drama

U3A City Office
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30
May 4, 11, 18, 25 Jun  8

City: Millers Point – Cancelled Classes

Cracking Cryptic Crosswords, and Mastering Cryptic Crosswords

This course has been cancelled for Semester 1, 2020

Glebe: Glebe Town Hall – Cancelled Classes

“Strummin’ With Jen” Ukelele class

This class has been cancelled for Semester 1, 2021

Leichhardt: Leichhardt Municipal Library

Friday Mornings at Leichhardt Library

We expect to return to face-to-face meetings at the library in April 2021. Topic and presenter for each talk are listed above.

Friday Mornings at Rozelle: Hannaford Centre

Advanced French Conversation (Covid-max 10)

There was an error in the Course Book with this course being entered twice.

Each Tuesday from 2 Feb 11:15 – 12:45
A reasonable background in French is necessary. Focus is on conversational French to improve fluency with occasional grammar. Members are expected to be actively involved in contributing ideas and material for discussion.
Leader and bookings: Sue Tronser 0418 673 670

Stanmore: Private Home

Classical Book Club

This group has returned to the venue shown in the Course Book