From the President

25 March 2016

President’s Report for 2015

We started 2015 with an open meeting so we could set out some guidelines for the coming year. It was decided that Tuesday meetings would take place twice a month, alternating with the weeks we have Thursday meetings. Speakers would be offered the choice of Tuesday or Thursday and we would also have a raffle draw on Tuesdays as well as Thursdays. This is working very well.

Our speakers…

Bits & Pieces

12 April 2016

U3A Meetings

Because of maintenance work being undertaken on the air-conditioning installation at Casuarina Library, there will be no U3A meetings (talks or mah-jong) from 26 April to 12 May 2016 (inclusive).

25 March 2016

Have Your Say

In presenting our organisation’s financial situation at the Annual General Meeting last month, Treasurer in Office, Audrey Grace noted that the accounts for the last year showed a deficit of $4,950. In the discussion that followed it was suggested that some savings could be made in future by discontinuing the practice… Read More...

25 March 2016

Countries Study Group

This month, Jack Oliver will be taking us back to ancient Sumer for what promises to be an interesting talk. The meeting will be held at Lorna’s house at 3pm on 8 April (please note: not the first Friday of the month). For further information call Lorna on 8948 0411.

Sumer, a region of Southern Mesopotamia, is…

25 March 2016

Calling Interstate?

With the end of summer time, the clocks go back an hour on 3 April in NSW, SA, TAS, VIC and the ACT.

If you’re calling further afield, you may like to know that summer time started on 13 March in the majority of Canadian Provinces and US States, while European countries put their clocks forward by an hour on 27… Read More...

25 March 2016

Making the web page print larger

If you sometimes find the text on a web page too small to read easily, you can increase the size of the print very simply: just press and hold the CTRL key while moving the wheel between the two buttons on your mouse in an upward (away from you) direction. As you scroll with the wheel, the size of the print will… Read More...

25 March 2016

Shopping in Darwin in the 1970s

Recent mention of another shopping franchise coming to Darwin made me wonder whether any members remember the following.

During the 1970s, Woolworths had their store on the same corner in the city that has been given a new lease on life recently, but it had a large car park in front. I parked there one day and went in… Read More...

25 March 2016

Heritage Festival

The National Trust’s 2016 Heritage Festival takes place from 18 to 24 April. Among the events on offer are a Ghost Walk in Goyder Road Cemetery, The Barbara James Memorial Lecture to be delivered this year by Graeme Sawyer who will be speaking on the theme Rediscovering a National Heritage, a Mystery Heritage Bus Tour… Read More...

25 March 2016

Towers of Tomorrow

There’s still time to take the grandchildren in the April school holidays to this exhibition which features iconic Australian buildings as well as other structures from around the world constructed entirely of LEGO. The great diversity of models on show – shape, construction and architectural skill – makes for a truly… Read More...

25 March 2016

China Tour

Following on from the item in last month’s Newsletter, the program of the October tour of the Henan and Shaanxi provinces being organised by U3A Brisbane is now available by email. If you would like a copy please contact

25 March 2016

BIRDS – and other things!

Part forty-three: Birds and Bits

You can't have too many stories about birds I always say. At least I have said it a lot since I started writing these small articles for our Newsletter.

Now, however, I believe that it is time for me to broaden the subject matter and include more of the 'other things' on a regular… Read More...

12 January 2016

Christmas Lunch

Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of our Christmas lunch at Rydges Airport Resort last December – it was a great success, as usual. And, once again, Gayle Carroll's quiz tested our general knowledge and showed up our poor lateral thinking. Congratulations to the lucky winners in the raffle: Inger… Read More...

25 August 2015

Coming Soon

As usual, we have some interesting speakers this month, and they’ll be covering an eclectic range of subjects; I’m sure you’ll enjoy them all.

Last year the Tuesday group had a very successful ‘Collectibles Morning’ with members showing and presenting precious (but not necessarily valuable) objects. This year it’s the… Read More...