Upper North

Welcome to U3A Upper North Region

The Upper North region covers mainly the Local Government areas of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai. Courses are held in the suburbs of Berowra, Castle Hill, Epping, Eastwood, Gordon, Hornsby, Killara, Lindfield, Pennant Hills, Pymble, St Ives, Turramurra, Wahroonga, and Waitara.

Please view the Semester 2 2019 course book 

Upper North Newsletter

Upper North August 2019 newsletter   If you haven’t received the latest copy please check as it may have been captured in your junk email folder. We also take this opportunity to issue a friendly reminder to contact us with your updated details if you change your email address, contact: stuart@incontact.com.au

Lectures in August

A selection of lectures August


The Gully Road, Balcony Room.

Short walk from station. Parking available.

Affairs of interest

A series of talks by specialists in their field.

Monday 12 August, 10:00-12:00

The history of atheism, Frank Wilson

Monday 26 August, 10:00-12.00

Early aviation history, war memorials, and G.C.W. story, Ed Tonks.

Leader and bookings: Anne Lycett j_alycett@optus.com.au

PLEASE NOTE that there has been a re-arrangement of dates to a couple of lectures in the Affairs of Interest course. The lecture on 14 October will now be The Islamic Golden Age, Tony McCurdy and 11 November, The Iron Ships, Gary Hughes.

Current World

A series of talks looking at what is happening in the current world viewed through the eyes of

scientists and technologists. These talks are suitable for scientists and non-scientists alike and will look at

our environment and life in today’s world.

Monday 19 August, 10.00-12.00

Time, the measurement of time throughout history, David Malone

Leader and bookings: Joan Scott djscott@tpg.com.au


95 Stanhope Road, Village auditorium. Parking available, wheelchair accessible

Historical and other interesting topics

A lecture series on a wide variety of topics given by people with expertise in, and enthusiasm for,

their subject. The auditorium is equipped for audio-visual presentations. Comments and

questions are encouraged.

Thursday 1 August, 10:00-12:00

Some current issues in criminal justice in NSW, Nicholas Cowdery

Bookings not required.

Venue Convener and Leader: Lesley Ransley 9880 9949, ellar1@bigpond.com


2 Ulmarra Place, Lindfield. Meetings held at the village centre. Parking available.

A series of interesting talks

Thursday 22 August, 10:00-12:00.

The Black Death, Tony McCurdy

Book through the office 9416 8466


Cnr Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road, Wesley Room

Science and technology: glimpses of our past, present and future.

Qualified lecturers present things scientific and/or technology based. Done in an easy to understand format.

Wednesday 14 August, 10:00 -12:00

From gods to gigabytes, Dick Whitaker

Wednesday 28 August, 10:00 -12:00

Water management Sydney, Michael Clarke

Leader: Howard Ferrer,


Bookings: Andrew Bean, 9983 1225

Mendelssohn — the composer

Alt. Thursdays from 1 August, 10:00-12:00 (Wesley Room)

Leader: John Hughes (enquiries 9449 3416). No bookings required. Register on arrival.

PLEASE NOTE that there has been a change of contact details for the Current Affairs Forum 1 Group held at St Ives Uniting Church. For bookings, please contact Group Leader Derrick Heywood, 0402 240 189, dsheywood1@gmail.com


440 Bobbin Head Road, North

Turramurra Clubhouse. Parking available

Topics of interest

Tuesday 13 August, 10:00-11:30

Medieval heroines in history and legend, Tony McCurdy

Tuesday 27 August, 10:00-11:30

1st Maori War, 1845-1848, Peter Headley

No bookings required

Convenor: Wendy Bull 9488 5268, thelandingsvilla@gmail.com


53 Rohini Street, Cowper Place. Five minute walk from station. Parking available in nearby streets.

Speakers on a variety of topics

Wednesday 14 August, 10:30 –12:00

The golden years of wireless,Graham Sims

Leader and Bookings: Margaret Waldock 0419 740 181, margaretwaldock@outlook.com


9 Oxford Street, meeting room. Parking available, wheelchair access

More big moments in the history of science

Wednesday 7 August, 10:00-12:00

Australian inventions, David Malone

Wednesday 21 August, 10:00-12:00

Coral reefs, Jackie Wilson

Leader and bookings: David Malone, 0418 440 828, dymalone@bigpond.net.au

Sydney’s medical museums, Stewart Reed

Wednesday 14 August, 10:00-12:00

Macquarie University museums, Stewart Reed

Wednesday 28 August,10:00-12:00

Bookings: Ian De Mellow, 9487 1908



Turramurra Avenue. Parking available. Wheelchair access

Fun problem solving to keep our minds active

Alt. Tuesdays from 6 August, 10:00-12:00

Leader and bookings: Sandra Sadler, 9484 5513, spsadler@dodo.com.au

Truth in history

Alt. Thursdays from 1 August, 10:00-12:00

Leader: Phil Pryor. Bookings: Margaret Marshall, 0418 253 949.


28-44 George Street, (entry in Hunter Lane opposite Hornsby Station)

The Way of St James — Camino de Santiago in Spain

Tuesday 13 August, 10:00 — 12:00

My personal experience of Camino Frances, (Ben) Adolphs

Tuesday 27 August, 10:00-12:00

My personal experience of Camino del Norte and The Camino de la Plata, (Ben) Adolphs

Bookings: Graeme Marshall, g.marshall1@bigpond.com

Australian World Heritage Sites

A brief look at each of Australia’s 19 World Heritage Sites

Alt. Wednesday from 10 July to 13 November, 10:15-12:00

Leader and bookings, Graeme Aplin, graemeaplin@optusnet.com.au


271 Pacific Highway, behind Library. Parking available, wheelchair access

Russian advanced conversation

PLEASE NOTE the new dates and time for this class, Mondays from 10-12

12 August

26 August

9 September

23 September

14 October

28 October

11 November

25 November

Leader Olga Petlevanny, 9939 6871

Bookings: Dr Richard Brettell 0423488023  richardbrettel@hotmail.com



If you have changed your email address or phone number, could you please inform Central Office on officemgr.sydneyu3a@gmail.com

AV assistant required

We are looking for a volunteer to help our IT/AV guru, Gerald Sabel, with a view to eventually taking over, the setting up and running of the AV equipment for courses currently held at Hornsby Library.

If you think you have the skills required, or you need more information, please contact Gerald at: sabels01@optusnet.com.au

Are you fluent in Italian

We are looking for someone to teach extra classes of Italian. If you are interested, please contact Grahame Marr on gwmarr1@bigpond.com

Tea money

As you are aware, morning/afternoon tea is provided at most U3A courses. We ask members for a gold coin donation to offset the cost of supplying tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits etc. Any surplus moneys collected also goes towards providing a thank you luncheon for all the volunteer lecturers, leaders, venue co-ordinators and administrators who work tirelessly for U3A. We recommend that members donate $2 for morning/afternoon tea.

Help with transport

Are you having problems getting to U3A classes because of mobility issues?

Please be aware that you may be eligible to take advantage of the Australian Government’s My Aged Care service which can provide you with transport options if you are unable to attend U3A classes.

You need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or look at their website, www.myagedcare.gov.au

You will be set up initially with an identity number and given a suggested list of providers in your area. There is usually a small charge for transport to and from the venue.

Ebba honoured with Life Membership of U3A

At the recent U3A Annual General Meeting held on the 20th March at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, long-term member, Ebba Van Der Helder was presented with Honorary Life Membership of U3A. She has worked tirelessly for U3A for many years as a lecturer and as Treasurer on the U3A Upper North committee.

Upper North AGM 

Over 60 members attended the Upper North AGM in November at Turramurra Uniting Church.

 Read more about the AGM

A big thank you to Ku-ring-gai Council

Our region has been fortunate to receive a community grant from Ku-ring-gai Council totalling $1922.

The generous amount has made possible the purchase of a range of audio-visual equipment for use in a variety of presentations and venues.

Thanks to the Council on behalf of all our members.


Wanted Course Leaders

Are you interested in running a course for U3A? Do you know a lot about a particular topic?

Why not impart your knowledge to an audience of enthusiastic U3A members. Contact either Grahame Marr on gwmarr1@bigpond.com or Pauline Holbrook on holbrookj@bigpond.com

Fipple Fluters

The Upper North U3A group known as The Fipple Fluters recently gave a concert at the Hornsby North Baptist Church for its ‘Time Out for Seniors Group’. They had played for this group before. During the past twelve years, they have also given concerts for Probus and played for U3A events at Sydney University, Customs House and Wesley Centre. In addition they have visited a number of local schools to assist teachers in encouraging students to understand the nature and depth of recorder repertoire from mediaeval music to the present day.


 Upper North Committee 2019

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