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 Newsletter February 2019

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



will be held on Monday, 11 February, 1.30-3.30pm

at Turramurra Uniting Church (behind shopping area car park)

  • Welcome to a showcase of courses where new and current members, and non-members can sample what’s on offer at U3A.
  • Listen to short lectures on a wide range of topics..
  • Discuss the courses you might be interested in with course leaders
  • Meet the Upper North committee members to discuss general U3A matters.

Refreshments provided


Bookings: Claudine Parr 9487 2170, c_parr@exemail.com.au

Marilyn Pryor, 9449 3415, marilynpryor7@gmail.com

A selection of lectures in February

LINDFIELD GARDENS 2 Ulmarra Place, Lindfield

A series of interesting talks

Thursday, 28 February, 10-12 noon

Matthew Flinders: the boy who read Robinson Crusoe and named our land Australia. Girt by sea and ringed by menace. Jim Haynes

Book through the office, 9416 8466.



Historical and other interesting topics

Thursday 7 February, 10-12 noon

The Pacific Ascendancy, Ian De Mellow

Bookings not required.

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


TURRAMURRA NORTH: THE LANDINGS  440 Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

Topics of Interest

Tuesday 12 February, 10.00-11.30

2019 The year of the Broadway revivial, Tom Sweeney

Tuesday 26 February, 10.00-11.30

The evacuation of children in wartime, Anne Lennard

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

Bookings not required.


TURRAMURRA ROHINI VILLAGE 51-53 Rohini Avenue, Turramurra

Speakers’ program

Wednesday 13 February, 10.30-12.30

The history of women’s liberation, Peter Stamford

No bookings required

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


BEROWRA COMMUNITY CENTRE The Gully Road, balcony room

Affairs of interest

Monday 11 February, 10-12 noon


Monday 25 February, 10-12 noon

‘Peat Island’, Adrien Mitchell

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


BEROWRA COMMUNITY CENTRE The Gully Road, balcony room

Current World

Monday 18 February, 10-12 noon

Patents and inventions, Ian Thompson

Leader and bookings Joan Scott, djscott@tpg.com.au, 9456 0697, 040 545 3396



More big moments in the history of science

Wednesday 20 February, 10.00-12 noon

The history of radio broadcasting in Australia, Roger Henley

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


ST IVES UNITING CHURCH Cnr. Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road

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

Wednesday 13 February, 10-12 noon

Deduction and Induction – how we know things about the world, Ian Bryce

Wednesday 27 February, 10-12 noon

Evolution of humans, Kevin Murray

Bookings, Peter Turner, 9488 9114


Monday at St Ives

Monday 4 February, 10-12 noon

Behind the Lyrics, the secret history of a few good songs, Graham Spindler

Monday 18 February, 10-12 noon

The State Library of New South Wales, Stewart Reed

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




Corrections to course book entries

Please note there are some changes to the Upper North entries in the 2019 1st Semester Course Book. Please see the changes and corrections below.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the course ‘Exploration of the Pacific in the age of Cook’ (page 56 of the course book) which was to be held at Epping Community Centre has been cancelled.


Please note the corrections to the ‘Program of Speakers’ at The Landings in Turramurra North (page 62 of the course book). The first three entries should read:

Tuesday February 12th – ‘2019 – The Year of the Broadway Revival’  – Presenter: Tom Sweeney

Tuesday February  26th – ‘The Evacuation of Children in Wartime’ – Presenter: Anne Lennard

Tuesday 12th March – ‘Captain Moonlight’ – Presenter: Peter Headley


Please note that the phone number listed in the ‘Psychology’ course (page 57 of the course book) at Hornsby Central Library should read 0419 633 115


In the ‘Physics and the Big Questions’ course (page 57 of the course book) at Hornsby Centre Library, the email address should read sabels02@optusnet.com.au


The Roman History: City of Rome course (page 60 of the course book)at St Ives Uniting Church, the starting date should read 20 February.


The ‘Writing Stories’ course (page 60 of the course book) at St Ives Uniting Church, the starting date should read 6 February. Please note Sarney Mitting is now taking bookings, 9144 1992.


The ‘Great Ideal of Philosophy’ course (page 61 of the course book) at Rohini Village, the bookings entry should read, Bookings: Stanis Osterly, 9487 6634, stanisosterly@hotmail.com


The ‘Latin Intermediate A’ course (page 59 of the course book) at Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre, the starting date of the course should read 6 February.


The Modern and Classic Novels course (page 59 of the course book) at Lindfield Senior Citizens Resource Centre, the time of the course should read 10.15-12.15.



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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