Kiama U3A

TALKS – Term 1 – 2018



5th February, 2018  –  1st Talk before afternoon tea -JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINES IN SYDNEY HARBOUR.  2nd Talk after afternoon tea – THE LOSS AND FINDING OF AE1 — Noel Phelan

JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINES IN SYDNEY HARBOUR  – Every country tried to have a secret weapon that would give them an edge and help to win the war.  Germany had the V1 and V2 rockets and jet planes.  Britain had RADAR, THE Spitfire and Winston Churchill.  the U.S.A. had the ultimate secret weapon – the atomic bomb.  Australia had brave and courageous men and women.
Japan had submarines that could launch planes and carry midget submarines that provided both stealth and surprise.  No other Navy had this capability.  Japan also had maxi submarines that are submarine aircraft carriers. What happened in Sydney Harbour is a good example of how people react when the unexpected happens and there has been little preparation.  If you thought that the Americans at Pearl Harbour misinterpreted and ignored warnings and were slow to react, wait until you hear how we handled the Japanese midget sub attack in Sydney Harbour. THE LOSS AND FINDING OF AE1 – AE1 was our first submarine Commisioned in England on 28th February,1914 and arriving in Sydney on 24th May, 1914 to a tumultuous welcome.  This was the longest voyage of a submarine at the time.  Submarines were also new at the time and seen as a “wonder weapon”.


12th February, 2018  –  THE FASCINATING WORLD OF MUSHROOMS & FUNGI — Michael Barbato

Mushrooms are the most widely distributed and least understood member of the plant and animal kingdom.  They are revered and feared and the subject of superstition and myth.  This talk will open your eyes to their evanescent world, their beauty, their benefits and their dangers.


19th February, 2018  –  CRIME AND JUSTICE IN THE TIME OF JANE AUSTIN — Ken Methold

Ken will present a video talk, comprising three 30 minute videos interspersed with prints of the time.


26th February, 2018 –  VISION IMPAIRED AT 65 – A PERSONAL JOURNEY — Annette de Leon

This talk will take you through the sudden loss of independence, the development of skills to cope with vision impairment, the help of Vision Australia, family, friends and neighbours, and learning to ask for help.  It will also tell the best way to help people with impaired vision.


5th March, 2018 –  EXCURSION



In 1940, British skies were filled with German aircraft, as a prelude to an invasion.  The resulting battle was the first to be fought in it’s entirety in the air.  In the end, it was responsible for Hitler’s first defeat and was pivotal to eventual Allied victory.  There are few occasions in history when the actions of a relative few changed the destiny, not just of a nation, but also of the world.  The Battle of Britain is one such occasion.  This presentation looks at the background to this conflict, the various stages, the opposing forces and the opposing leaders.  It discusses Britain’s air defence system, it’s airfields, it’s aircraft and it’s pilots.  It concludes with the Blitz and the jamming of the German navigation beams.  The presentation is illustrated by archival material and authentic recreation.


 19th March, 2018  –  AN ADVENTURE IN LAPPLAND —  Lyn Hazell

Lappland is a region in Northern Europe where we explored the culture, past and present, and enjoyed some challenging winter activities – visiting Santa, swimming in the Arctic Ocean, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.  What a great time we had!                         


 26th March, 2018  –  EDUCATION IN A 21st CENTURY CONTEXT —  John Hambly

The 21st century context in which we live will see students educated for a future which is uncertain, constantly changing and increasingly requiring creativity, flexibility and resilience.  In this new paradigm, students will change occupations up to 12 times in their working life while much of their knowledge base will require renewal as the world doubles it’s knowledge every two years.  Students entering kindergarten this year and graduating in 2030 will enter a world where 90% of the occupations they will take up – and the technology they will use – does not exist now.  What then, are the essential learnings that will guarantee quality lives for our kids?



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