NU3A Turns 30

Older but Bolder

We are pleased to present the video below, ‘Older but Bolder’ – in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Many thanks to Joy and David Barrow for their dedicated efforts in producing the video; Mansel Williams, video-photographer; Roy Bisson, cartoonist; Colleen Potts, narrator; and to Elizabeth Elliot for co-ordinating on NU3A’s behalf.  Thankyou also to those who feature in the footage. It represents just a sample of the 100+ classes on offer and is a tribute to the many tutors, committee and other volunteers over our 30 year history – this is for you!

A copy of the video, on either a USB or DVD, is available to each financial member and will be distributed in Term 2, to those who have yet to obtain their copy at the AGM/Documentary launch last month.

Newsflash: The video is a finalist in the Minister for Ageing Media Awards – fingers crossed for 21 April announcements.

In collaboration with Newcastle Library, our tutors further embraced the digital age with our 30th anniversary tribute Showcase “Live, Laugh, Learn” in the new state of the art digital Library, 12 Stewart Avenue.

This was a first not only in NU3A history but that of the Newcastle Libraries as well with the new digital library, opened by the Lord Mayor in October. It also was a very challenging one – presenting in an entirely new space that really hadn’t been set up for the type of presentations NU3A traditionally does, but it had the digital apparatus to stream courses directly to the Library’s Facebook Page where presentations could be viewed by hundreds and even thousands of people – what magic!

You can download the NU3A Showcase program to read more.   Some of the video presentations are online at Newcastle Libraries Facebook page and search U3A or peruse the descriptions below and click the link to your chosen session.

Thanks to Carol Edmonds, Coordinator Community Programs, Newcastle Libraries who stuck with the idea through all the changes due to COVID, and to Clare Presser, Libraries Digital Activation Specialist, our mentor and teacher throughout this whole adventure – and it has been quite an adventure.

Life in the universe

Tutor Dr John Carr Monday 2 November, "We will be considering the prospects for finding life in the universe, looking for the ingredients for life, finding myriads of planets and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence." View John Carr's presentation

Newcastle in the 1800’s

Tutor Julie Keating Tuesday 10 November "I am currently researching my 8th book. My love of Newcastle’s rich history has given me a greater understanding of Newcastle, its beginnings as a penal colony; and its growth over the centuries into the city it is today. I share with you this fascinating story of the past." View Julie Keating's presentation.

A taste of Japan

Tutor Jenny King Wednesday 11 November "Japan – a land shrouded in mystery and mythology. But what do we really know about this island country, its people, language and culture? In this session we will dispel the myths and discover the links between Japan and Australia and look at famous Japanese landmarks and traditions. We will learn some Japanese greetings and common expressions, make some origamis and try our hand at haiku." View Jenny King's presentation.

Out of Central Asia

Tutor Dr Robert Colomb Thursday 12 November "In the history of most of the ancient civilisations of Europe and Asia, there are generally several invasions by people 'out of Central Asia'. From leaving Africa 100,000 years ago to the rise of horse cultures in the Steppe region of Central Asia, we see the emergence of Indo-Europeans, Turks, Mongols and Magyars, all of whom played major roles in our history." View Bob Colomb's presentation.

Climate change and the future of agriculture

Tutor Emeritus Prof Jetse Kalma Tuesday 17 November "Following a brief description of recent climate change in Australia, I will present scenarios of future climate and provide an overview of predicted impacts of climate change on Australian agriculture. Discover how agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon farming. What is the future of agriculture and land use and how can adapt to predicted climate change?" View Jetse Kalma's presentation.

The Harrison Clock

Tutor Chris Cull Wednesday 18 November "A carpenter by trade, John Harrison taught himself clock making and in the 1720’s designed a remarkable series of clocks which achieved an amazing accuracy. He is remembered as solving the problem of Longitude, which has enabled sailors to determine their exact position at sea." View Chris Cull's presentation.

Florence Austral - Our Forgotten Diva

Tutor Hilary Oliver Thursday 19 November "Florence Austral was born Florence May Wilson in Richmond, Victoria in 1892 and died in Mayfield, Newcastle in 1968. During her life she was considered one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of her era. Dame Nellie Melba called her "one of the voices of the world" praising the purity of her tone and the power of her high notes, but today she remains forgotten." View Hilary Oliver's presentation.