Thirroul Wednesday Talks Term Program


Meets at the Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre, Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Wednesdays at 9.30 am – 12 noon, with morning tea at 10.30 – 11am

                   Please do not attend if you feel unwell with Covid-like symptoms.

Note – The timetable may change on occasion. The best way to stay up to date is by checking this page.

Last updated 12/4/2023

U3A Northern Illawarra Term 2 2023 Wednesday Talks Program (published form with bios and extended topic descriptions) Update 12th April 2023


Date Time Speaker Topic
April 26 9:30 Sarah Rowan – Artist Unlocking Your Creativity
11:00 Josh Saunders – Operations Manager W’gong Memorial Gardens & Cemeteries Conversations Around Death & Dying
May 3 9:30 John Watson* This Crazy Language English: Consistently Inconsistent
11:00 Ron Browne* and Ainslie Lamb* U3A An International Movement
May 10 9:30 Martin Arrowsmith* Star Wars. In 1977 the first Star Wars movie opened in America and changed the way movies were made and marketed. This presentation will

look at the phenomena which is Star Wars.

11:00 Frank Nolan* Nineteenth Century Australian Colonial History
May 17 9:30 Harvey Newman Teaching Thinking for Oneself
11:00 Lyndall Dawson * Portable Magic: NIU3A Book Clubs
May 24 9:30 Jacki Johnson. Greater Cities Commission. Cities Plans
11:00 Graham Thwaite “Hillcrest” – Black Coal to Diamond
May 31 9:30 TBA – Further details will be notified on the website. Reconciliation Week – A time to learn about our shared history, cultures and achievements.
11:00 Tania Reay Stroke Seminar
June 7 9:30 Barbara Cranfield* The Second Mrs Alexander Kerensky
11:00 Facilitator TBA: Port Kembla Community Project Tender Funerals : U tube Aust Story 28 mins + discussion
June 14 9:30 Patrick Heaven A History of South Africa: White Intruders
11:00 Helen Wilson. National Parks Association of NSW. Illawarra Escarpment.
Jun 21 9:30 Martin Arrowsmith * The Breakup of Yugoslavia in the  1990s. This presentation looks at the history of the Balkan region and details some of the horrific events of the war which occurred.
11:00 David Roach – Clifton School of Arts The Gentle Project



Co-ordination of the Wednesday Talks Program –  The Term 2 program has been co-ordinated by David Muscio ( – Contact David if you would like to make a presentation or can suggest some good speakers and how to contact them.