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 1 2019 Course Book 

Upper North Newsletter

Upper North July 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 June

A selection of lectures in June


2 Ulmarra Place, Lindfield

A series of interesting talks

Thursday, 27 June, 10-12 noon

Elizabeth 1st, Anne Richardson

Book through the office, 9416 8466


95 Stanhope Road, Killara

Historical and other interesting topics

Thursday 6 June, 10-12 noon

The Australian food industry, Dr Christopher Hudson 

Bookings not required.

Venue convenor and leader Lesley Ransley, 9880 9949 ellar1@bigpond.com


51-53 Rohini Avenue, Turramurra

Speakers’ program

Wednesday 12 June, 10.30-12 noon

The history of autograph books, ‘Elizabeth’

Leader and bookings: Margaret Waldock, 0419740181, margaretwaldock@outlook.com


440 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

Topics of Interest

Tuesday 11 June, 10.00-11.30

The Bondi big wave event of 1939 – swell, wave or tsunami? Dick Whitaker


Tuesday 25 June, 10.00-11.30

Roman women and slaves, Anne Richardson

Convenor:  Wendy Bull, 9488 5268


Bookings not required.



The Gully Road, balcony room

Current World

Monday 17 June, 10-12 noon

All things great and small, Terry Freeman

Leader and bookings (not essential) Joan Scott, djscott@tpg.com.au, 9456 0697, 040 545 3396



9 Oxford Street, Epping

More big moments in the history of science

Wednesday 12 June, 10.00-12 noon

DNA How did it build you and me? Punchi (Das) Dassanayake

Wednesday 26 June, 10;00-12 noon

First Semester wind up, David Malone

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


Cnr. Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road

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

Wednesday 5 June, 10-12 noon

The history of photography, Ian Thomson

Bookings: Peter Turner, 9488 9114, ipturner@bigpond.net.au


Monday at St Ives

Monday 24 June, 10-12 noon

Federation and the constitution, Graham Spindler

Leader and bookings: Joy Liddell 9449 5193, jjliddell@bigpond.com


28-44 George Street, Hornsby

Famous English Literary Figures

 Wednesday 5 June and 12 June 1-3 pm. A discussion led by Phil Pryor on figures such as Emily Bronte and Charles Dickens. Bookings Marilyn Pryor, marilynpryor7@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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