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Talks – Term 4 – 2019


Oct. 21. Sharon Concannon: Stepping on

Sharon is a physiotherapist with NSW health and has many years of experience in a variety of roles. She has co-ordinated and facilitated the Stepping On program for approximately 5 years. Sharon will provide an outline of Stepping On – a falls prevention program for over 65’s


Oct 28. Grahame Ramsay: INSIDE & OUT OF THE ABC IN THE 1970’s and 1980’s

Grahame began his career as a cadet journalist with the ABC.  He worked his way through News and Current Affairs to Production and Directing.  He then became the foundation lecturer in Media at the University of Western Sydney.

Grahame looks at the ABC organisation from the inside as it was in the 1970s and 80s and compares life on the inside of a media organisation to some of the media theories of news and current affairs currently held.

Nov. 4. Bruce McNair: Escape from Elephant Island.

Bruce has been a member of Kiama U3A since 2003 and has previously given presentations on “The Murray-Darling basin, Sri Lanka and the Antarctic.

He will tell us about one of the greatest stories of human survival and an account of a modern attempt to re-enact Shackleton’s 1400-kilometre journey in an open boat across the roughest seas on the planet.

Nov. 11. Prof Don Napper:  Colonial Architects -The First 100 Years.

Don was educated at Sydney and Cambridge Universities in molecular chemistry. He retired from Sydney University in 2003 as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences & Technology), where he is now Professor Emeritus.

2016 represented the bicentenary of the appointment of the first Government Architect, Francis Greenway, by the then NSW Governor, Lachlan Macquarie. Since that time, there have been 22 appointments to this public office, half of whom were appointed in the first century. These early Government Architects have left their indelible marks not just on Sydney, which they transformed from a Georgian settlement to an international Victorian city, but also on the State of NSW.

This talk will consider the contributions of the most important of these Government Architects, with its main focus being on Francis Greenway and Walter Liberty Vernon. The important architectural contributions of several of the others will only be touched upon briefly.

Nov. 18. Excursion


Nov. 25. Professor Jun Chen: Life with 3D Printing.

Professor Chen is the Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute | ARC Centre of Excellence for Electro-materials Science, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong.

His research interests include: Electro-/Bio- Interfaces/Materials, 2D/3D Printing Nano/Micro-Chips, and Design and Fabrication of Smart Wearable Electronic Devices. Professor Chen has been identified in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics. His talk will focus on the introduction & perspective of “How could the 3D Printing technology potentially influence our general life to much more wellbeing in the future?”

Dec. 2. Peter Clarke: Notre Dame – The Inferno.

Peter studied geology and materials science at university, and then spent most of his working life in the quarrying industry as a geologist/scientist. On overseas travel, visits to some Gothic cathedrals resulted in a course at U3A on the construction and art of these structures. The tragedy of the fire at Notre Dame in 2019 is a common episode in the history of these constructions. Throughout history, since the Medieval period, the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe have been plagued by fire. It has been one of the most common causes of destruction. Before modern firefighting techniques, once fire took hold, the structure and much of the surrounding town usually faced total destruction. Chartres cathedral stands on the ruins of 3 previous cathedrals destroyed by fire in the space of 2 centuries. We will examine briefly how these cathedrals were constructed, why they were so prone to destruction, why Notre Dame de Paris was saved and how much damage occurred. And we may ask should it be repaired?

Dec. 9.  Xmas (End of year) Lunch