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These courses were submitted too late for publication in the current printed prospectus. However, all courses, including these, are listed in the on-line prospectus.
Courses are listed in order of course starting date.

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The Microbe Hunters

SHE082.01

John Thompson

We look at who discovered that micro-organisms were found to cause many diseases and the methods used to prevent them.

Class Numbers: 4 - 15. There are 15 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent plus 50 cents for photocopied notes.
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Wednesday 2 August from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 23 August
Contact: John Thompson on 6249 8446 or
Enrolments from: 01/06/2017

Acton Discussion Group: An Eclectic Introduction to China

ELL071.08

Margaret Sainsbury

A series of presentations looking at political, cultural, historical and literary aspects of this intriguing country.

Class Numbers: 15 - 30. There are 8 vacancies as of 2017-06-15
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, refreshments
Student Materials: -
Venue: Baptist Church, Groom St, Hughes
Starts: Friday 1 September from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Friday 20 October
Contact: Margaret Sainsbury at
Enrolments from: 6/7/2017, after 9 am

Introduction to Harmonica

M050.08

Mike Ilchef

An introduction to the harmonica (mouth organ). Do your brain, and lungs, a big favour by learning this easy new skill. For complete beginners. Bring a diatonic (10 hole) harmonica in the Key of C. Computer access essential.

Class Numbers: 4 - 15. There are 15 vacancies as of 2017-06-21
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent.
Student Materials: A 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the Key of C.
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Thursday 7 September from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 28 September
Contact: Mike0406 379 625 / (preferred)
Enrolments from: 27/07/2017 after 8:00 am

Contact on the Frontier : stories from the meeting and experiences of Europeans and Aboriginal people on the Australian frontiers

H167.02

Peter White

This course tells a wide variety of the stories and experiences of many people from both sides of the Australian frontiers, as European and Aboriginal societies first met and interacted. What did happen on the many frontiers – what historians call the “contact period “? Illustrated with many Powerpoint slides. (Repeat of H167.01). Further information available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 50. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-11
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, small cost for handouts
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Saturday 9 September from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Saturday 25 November
Contact: Peter White (preferred) or 6258 9354
Enrolments from: 11/06/2017

Musical Innovators and Consolidators

M095.01

Eric Anderson

A musical exploration of the use of both old and new elements in creative works from Monteverdi onwards. A gentle voyage of discovery for those with an interest in serious music - no prior knowledge of the noble art required, just enthusiasm. Come and enjoy.

Class Numbers: 6 - 17. There are 17 vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Gold coin donation to cover refreshments
Student Materials: -
Venue: Private home in Stirling
Starts: Tuesday 26 September from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ends: Tuesday 31 October
Contact: Eric Anderson at
Enrolments from: 14/8/2017, after 12 noon

Dawn of European nation states AD 476 – 1000

H177.01

Daniel Zbytek

New view of history: inflow of climate, genetic prints as a source of knowledge of human migrations, new religions (Christianity and Islam),end of Antiquity, inflow of indo-European, Turkic, Vikings nomads, climatic changes (Medieval Warm Period), new economy (end of slavery and development of feudalism), end of empires and new statehood. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 10 - 30. There are 15 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent and refreshments.
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 2
Starts: Tuesday 3 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Tuesday 28 November
Contact: Daniel Samotus Zbytek at or o n0415 394 122
Enrolments from: 3/6/2017, after 10 am

Medieval Cathedrals of England Plus One

H117.09

Margaret Hollis

A close look at the great cathedrals of England – history, architecture, fixtures, furnishings and treasures. A Power Point presentation with many images accompanies the talks. Note this is a repeat course.

Class Numbers: 10 - 30. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent plus $3.00 if handouts required in hard copy instead of by email
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Monday 9 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Monday 27 November
Contact: Margaret Hollis at

Ukulele for beginners

M090.04

Michael Rosenberg

The course is designed for people who would like to play the ukulele but don't know where to start. This easy paced program will give you all the basics - how to tune the strings, most frequently used chords, strumming techniques and how to play a variety of songs. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently play about 20 chords and dozens of songs.

Class Numbers: 1 - 15. There are 5 vacancies as of 2017-04-14
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $25 for whole course, covers room rent and printed notes
Student Materials: Ukulele essential. If you don’t have one contact course leader. Music stand recommended.
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 2
Starts: Monday 9 October from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ends: Monday 13 November
Contact: Michael Rosenberg
Enrolments from: 04/10/2017 after 10:00 am

The Atom Simplified

SHE054.04

Neale Emanuel

Most people see the word Atom, or even the words Atomic Physics – and read no further. This course aims to demystify the words and provide a basic understanding of them. It is designed for non-scientists and requires no prior knowledge and does not involve maths – it simply requires a little curiosity. We start with the basic structure of the atom in a historical perspective – how they were discovered, the life and times of the scientists involved and progress to related activities such as radioactivity, fusion, fission etc. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 8 - 25. There are 25 vacancies as of 2017-01-19
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent plus $15 photocopying
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Monday 9 October from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Monday 27 November
Contact: Neale Emanuel at
Enrolments from: 15/09/2017 after 9 am

FALL OF EAGLES

H168.02

Lois Dennis

There were three European powers who adopted the Roman imagery of the eagle and the title ‘Caesar’ to denote their empire - the Habsburgs in Austria, the Hohenzollerns in Prussia and the Romanovs in Russia. After centuries of rule all fell within 12 months of each other.

Class Numbers: 6 - 30. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-19
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, Notes approx. $3
Student Materials: -
Venue: HAGSOC
Starts: Wednesday 11 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 29 November
Contact: Lois Dennis (preferred) or 6242 5241
Enrolments from: 04/10/2017 after 09:00 am

Advanced Stock Market - Doing it Yourself

CUA050.01

Robert Pearson

Required: Basic Understanding of the stockmarket and a desire to do your own investing and stock selection. It is expected that each student will prepare a short summary of at least one chapter from no 6 to the end of the course book. The course will cover data sources, strategy, and an introduction to some tools (access to these tools after the course will have extra charges). Access to these during the course is not needed. Some essentially free sources are also mentioned. Some example spreadsheets well be provided in Open Office Format. Notes in pdf will be e-mailed

Class Numbers: 4 - 8. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent and refreshments
Student Materials: Required: 'The Conscious Investor' by Dr John Price, Wiley 2001. Suggested: ' Buffett Step by Step', by Richard Simmons, Financial Times Pitman, 1999 and 'Value.able' by Roger Montgomery, My 2 Cents Worth Publishing, 2010, available from Roger's website rogermontgomery.com
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Thursday 12 October from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 16 November
Contact: Robert Pearson at or 6241 9037

Travels in Iran

H179.01

Patrick De Gabriele

An illustrated armchair journey through the glories of ancient Persia and medieval Iran

Class Numbers: 20 - 50. There are 50 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Friday 10 November from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Friday 10 November
Contact:
Enrolments from: 31/08/2017

NSW coastal landscapes, their origins and evolution

SHE074.02

Doug Finlayson

The coastal landscapes around southern NSW are spectacular. But how are these coastal landscapes formed? How old are they? This course will take the form of a self-drive, self-cater, 3-day excursion. We will look at the geological processes and rocks and fossils that make up the NSW South Coast landscapes over three days. More information available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 30. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-03
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: NSW south coast accommodation and vehicle expenses
Student Materials: -
Venue: New South Wales coast
Starts: Tuesday 14 November from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 16 November
Contact: Douglas Finlayson at
Enrolments from: 17/7/2017, after 9am

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