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U3A - the University of the Third Age - is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.

U3A Yarra City aims to

  • Provide opportunities for seniors for lifelong learning and social activity
  • Harness the cultural diversity, life experience and knowledge of older people
  • Provide affordable self-help educational and recreational programs for mature adults
  • Foster relationships with other community organisations which have complementary or compatible aims

To peruse 2017 Courses, click on ‘Courses’ in the Menu under the photo at the top of the page.

To enrol in Courses, log in by clicking ‘Membership’ in the Menu. You must be a financial member.

Courses for Semester 2, 2017 will be online for members to explore on Friday, June 16th

Members will be able to enrol in these courses either online or at the U3A Office from Monday, June 26th, 2017

Tuesday Forums.
Venue – Meeting Room, Collingwood Library, Abbotsford. 10.30 a.m.

1/8/17 Dymphna Clark
Judith Armstrong will give a very brief factual summary of Dymphna Clark’s life, followed by some verbal illustrations of what it is to tell her story in a different way, i.e. through empathetic imagination, which raises the difference between a biography and a biographical novel, as well as some of the issues that arise in regard to the latter.

8/8/17 Whitlam's Dismissal: The Palace Letters
Jenny Hocking will discuss the Federal Court case she has taken against the National Archives seeking the release of letters between the Governor-General and the Queen at the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam government. The ‘Palace letters’ are embargoed at the Queen’s instructions until at least 2027 and can only be released with her agreement. The full story of the dismissal of the Whitlam government will not be known until the Palace letters have been released and Jenny argues that should not be for the Queen to decide when the Australian people can know their own history.

22/8/17 Australian stories not in the history books.
Gillian Yung will present another wonderful talk about interesting historical figures.

29/8/17 Walking the Camino
Elizabeth Bodkin-Moore and Peter Moore participated in a 2016 walk along the Camino Portuguese organised and led by Diane. “This talk is a description of the walk we did, with photographs of the splendid scenery. The Camino walks can be tackled privately and there will be discussion of the plusses and minuses of assisted travel. Those “of a certain age” may be concerned about an extended walking trip, so we will discuss what makes it possible and the fall-back options available.”

New Semester. 2 Courses

18/7 Aboriginals: Local History and First Contact – Jim Poulter
Members will examine Aboriginal thought systems which guided their religious beliefs, social structure and land management practices. This understanding of the Aboriginal mindset will then enable local Aboriginal history and the events and personalities of the Colonial period, to be examined from a fresh perspective.
Jim's family first settled on the Yarra River at Templestowe in 1840. Close and continuing relationships were established with the Wurundjeri people, thus giving Jim a unique level of insight into our Aboriginal history and heritage. Beginning 18/7/17

20/7 Water Colour Painting
The tutor will be sharing water-colour painting techniques with students. The class will be held fortnightly or as otherwise decided by the class members. A list of materials required will be sent when numbers are finalised. Beginning 20/7/17

Note: U3A Yarra City members can enrol in ongoing courses through the login Attendance at our talks is open to the public.
Members can bring friends to courses and events.

For online membership and enrolments in 2017 program, click on Membership button under cover photo.

Term dates

Semester 1: 30 Jan to 30 June
Semester 2: 17 July to Dec 15


Semester 1: Monday, January 30th to Friday June 30th. School holidays, including Easter: Saturday, April 1st to Sunday April 17th. Midyear break: Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 16th.

Semester 2: Monday July 17th to Friday, December 15th. School holidays: Saturday, September 23rd to Sunday October 8th.

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Abbotsford, Victoria
Australia 3067
Phone (03) 9416 3443
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Monday 1 - 3 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 noon
Closed public holidays and school holidays except during enrolment times.