Tutors at U3A

Life Members


Below are some profiles of our current tutors at U3A Adelaide. They come from a variety of backgrounds with experience gained from employment, life skills or academia.
No matter what their background, all of our tutors come with a love and knowledge of their subject area and a desire to share it with others - for which 'we others' are forever grateful.

If you know of anyone who has skills they would be willing to share, please get them to contact U3A.


Lynette Arden

My training:

BA (Hons in Geography 11A) from UNE 1964 included 3 years of English study. I have had work (mostly poetry) published in many magazines both in print and on line in Australia and overseas. I won the haiku competition run by Friendly St poets in 2008  http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=6&paged=3

 I also have an Honours 11A degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool UK and have material displayed on line by the Liverpool Museum, where I am one of their 800 lives.

I belong to the Society of Women Writers and coordinate the SA Haiku Group.

I am a long term Volunteer at the Adelaide Zoo.

As far as the Philosophy Discussion group goes, my only qualification is first year Philosophy. as part of my UNE degree, and being of an enquiring disposition.

Writers Workshop

Marisa Baldassi


Italian Elementary Continuing (2)
Italian Intermediate(3)

Kathleen Bambridge

I have had an interest in Film from my childhood. I would like to share not only the film but to discuss the film after it is screened. I have recently retired. I have worked as an archivist for the past 18 years. I have also worked as a Public Servant for 25 years.

Feminist Talk
Film Biographies
World War II on Film - Japan
"Another Year" - 2010 Movie
"Character" - Dutch Movie
"Nowhere in Africa" - 2010 German Movie
"The Sea is Watching" - 2002 Japanese Movie
Our Oral History
Movie Nostalgia
(with Helen Kellaway & Raelene Wilsdon)
World War II on Film



Evaristo Barrera

Evaristo has taught Yoga for 31 years - it is his passion. His experience covers 14 years teaching in Adelaide, 2 years in Tuvala in the Pacific Islands, 7 years in NSW (4 years in Gunning & 3 years in Gundaroo), and 4 years in Canberra. He has attended many workshops and Yoga retreats in NSW, SA and Bali.
His objective is to
provide an environment where enthusiasts can discover the yoga path to a better life.

In a previous life, Evaristo was a Telecommunications Engineer, now retired. Currently he teaches Yoga from home to small groups and three community groups. Evaristo has taught at U3A Adelaide since 2015.

Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga

Kay Bennetts 2019
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday
Reading at Halifax


Lynley Bergin 2019
Pleasures of Reading

Helen Bills

Uzbekistan - Silk Road

Roger Bills

Iran - Persia

Ian Brown

Aged 60, Ian is a retired lawyer who has published several fiction novels and has written an unpublished TV mini-series on Australia in WW1. He has an interest in historical research generally, and WW1 and ancient Egyptian History in particular.


SA Germans in World War I
Wills and Estates


Christine Brumbt  



Lesley Clarke


Poetry Reading


Coralie Creevey

After obtaining a Master Arts (History) from UNSW in the 1980s, I worked in various professions until, since retirement, I’ve had more time for art, music and good literature. These restore one’s faith in human goodness and creativity which The News can undermine.  

I’d like to share with interested people  my knowledge of some of the most beautiful and enduring art of Western civilisation over the last 500 years.

Masterpieces of Western Art
European Art since C15


Tom Culshaw  

Philosophy, an Interactive Course


Vincenzo Curro  

Italian Discussion (4)


Dace Darzins, OAM

I was born in Riga, Latvia, to parents who were both professionals. We survived the turmoils of WW2 and managed to escape to Germany just as the Communist army was again invading Latvia. Eventually emigrating to Australia in 1951, we ended up living in Cockatoo Valley, near Sandy Creek, and I went to Gawler High School. I overcame my initial language difficulties to succeed at high school and to go on to university, studying an Honours BA and Diploma of Secondary Teaching.

My academic career at a number of Adelaide high schools included teaching German, French, Latin, English and even Mathematics and General Science.

Whilst teaching, I was also involved, on a voluntary basis, in teaching at the after-hours Latvian Primary School, eventually being appointed as the inaugural Principal of the Latvian High School. For my work within the Latvian community, and for the promotion of language teaching and learning in Australian high schools, I was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (2004). In addition, the Republic of Latvia awarded me the Cross of Recognition (2006).

Once I retired, I wanted to do more voluntary work and, in 2003,  I began my association with U3A Adelaide as a tutor of German conversation.  I have now been doing this for 15 years and continue to enjoy it immensely.

I am a Justice of the Peace and also enjoy working at the Unley City Council.

German Fluent Conversation (5)

Trevor Dean

I was born, bred and educated in S.A. but from 1949 I trained as a Christian Brother for 3 years and then studied at Sydney University for 4 years, majoring in French and Italian.

The next 18 months were spent teaching in school and then I was sent to study theology in Rome where some of the lectures were in French. Another year at the Institute of Lumen Vitae in Brussels followed and there everything was in French.

Back in Australia, I spent most of the next 25 years in educational institutions - Teacher Training Colleges, Catholic Education Offices in Melbourne and Adelaide interspersed with stints in schools. I was Principal of St. Joseph's Pascoe Vale in Melbourne and Community Leader at CBC in Launceston.

Beginning in 1987, I was in West Africa (Liberia and Sierra Leone) for 7 years teaching scripture in a seminary for 70 students from those countries. Both countries were plagued by civil war and I became heavily involved in visiting camps for refugees and displaced persons.

Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire are both French speaking countries and together they surround Liberia and Sierra Leone. As the French speaker on the seminary staff, I went first into Côte d'Ivoire and later into Guinea on different missions which enabled the seminary to continue operating for some time. Eventually, just before the rebels took over Makeni in S.L. where we had all relocated, the seminary was closed down and all expatriates left the country.

 I returned to Australia and was living in Adelaide for a time in Regent St. South,  of all places! I became aware, a few years ago, that a crisis had arisen at U3A Adelaide, because a French tutor was unable to continue teaching -  I could hardly justify not volunteering to fill the gap.

French Elementary Conversation (2)


Simon Degeling

Son of Dutch migrants, I grew up on the NSW north coast and received degrees in French and History from Newcastle University.  During my graduate days, I had a few holiday jobs working as a steelworks labourer for BHP.  That paid for trips to Europe, which resulted in a lengthy stay in France, where I taught English and gained fluency in French.

After a working life spent teaching in ACT government schools, I managed to spend 15 months in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, teaching business English. One of life's better decisions was retiring to Adelaide.

Quite by accident, I stumbled upon U3A several years ago.  I was walking past the Box Factory, when I noticed it housed an outfit called University of the Third Age.  I went inside, got a prospectus and the rest, as they say .........

French Perspective Française (4)


Howard Duchene

French Let's Talk (4)
(with Pat Greet)


John Eastaff


Mah Jong


Giuilo Eliseo  

Italian Consolidating (3)


David Esterhuizen

David retired after 40 years teaching.  He was a primary school teacher, but spent several tears teaching adults.
His interests include:- music, history, the English language and its history, politics and continuing his own education.


Latin - An Introduction
Rome in Crisis


Etienette Fennell

I was born in Paris, where I went to primary school, coming to Australia at the age of 11.  The remainder of my education was in Adelaide and I have an Honours degree in French and degrees in Italian, Fine Arts and Music. I was trained at the Elder Conservatorium as a classical singer and I play cello with amateur orchestras.  My other interests include writing books and  travelling. I am currently learning Russian and have joined a small group of Russian singers.
Throughout my lifetime, I have taught French, Italian and Music at all school levels and ended up, for twenty years, as a tutor in French at Flinders University.  Additionally, I have taught at Adult Education and also conducted classes at the Elder Conservatorium in the topic of "French for Singers".

I initially connected with U3A Adelaide a few years ago when I took a French class with Tony Comin, who was then standing in for Andrew Beare.  It was at the instigation of my friend, Tony Kelly, that I decided to teach a class for U3A.


French Breakthrough (3)


Don Fenton
bulletAlways interested in nearly everything!
bulletLeft school at 15 years of age. Too busy reading to pay attention in class!
bulletGained Horticultural qualifications as a teenager.
bulletStudied Art (Oil painting) at the same time.
bulletWorked as itinerant labourer for many years, including ditch-digging, privately teaching music, landscape-gardening, folk-singing, cane cutting, teaching Horticulture in an Agricultural College, factory work of a variety of kinds, or whatever presented itself at the time.
bulletGained a B.A. from the University of Queensland with a double-major in Government (that’s Politics!), a major in History, a major in Classics and Ancient History, and some stray Economics.
bulletAchieved a B.A. Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Adelaide.
bulletAwarded an M.A. in Politics by the University of Adelaide.
bulletTaught 1st Year Politics and Political Philosophy [my specialty] at the Flinders University of South Australia.
bulletCame to U3A when I first heard about this new organization in 1987, at an Adelaide University function of some sort.
bulletBegan presenting courses for Adelaide U3A in 1988. The first course was Political Ideologies. I experimented with a variety of courses before eventually settling down to the present format, which has been current for some time.

From the Bronze Age to Alexander


Peter Franklin  

Chinese Mandarin (3)
(with Zheng De Han)


Sue Garforth


Latin Continuers
Royal Marriage Disasters
Spanish Beginners (1)
Spanish Elementary(2)



Olga Gostin

Of Russian-Belgian parentage, I did my undergraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.  Having obtained a scholarship to the Australian National University, I researched resettlement and cash cropping among the Kuni of Papua. For the past 40 years I have been associated with Australia’s first program dedicated specifically to facilitate tertiary education for Indigenous Australians. I am now adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia.

Aboriginal Australia

John Griffiths 2019
Art for Pleasure (with Leonie Pike
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)

Penelope Hackett-Jones

Penelope Hackett-Jones was encouraged to use a debased form of English while growing up in an Adelaide suburb:  "googy" for egg, "geegee" for horse, "bunny" for rabbit, etc. As a teenage act of rebellion against this frightful early experience, at the age of 14 she developed a passion for correct English, which still inflames her today, and which she soon carried over into other languages. She was able to learn Latin and French at school, and while pretending to do Maths homework taught herself Italian and Russian, using the Hugo's "Teach Yourself a Language in 3 Months" textbooks.

Her first paid employment was as a Greek-English translator for a subversive press-cutting agency in Athens, at the time of the military junta. Returning to Australia she qualified as a teacher, something slightly less dangerous, and taught French, Latin and Modern Greek for many years.

After retiring to raise a family, she joined U3A where she teaches Beginners' French, and is at present studying Arabic in private. Penelope believes in mandatory imprisonment for the incorrect use of English in public, particularly for the inaccurate placing of the apostrophe, and for the pretentious use of Italian in restaurant menus.

 French Beginners (1)
French Elementary (2)


Zheng De Han
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)

Joelie Hancock

I have been co-ordinating the Play Reading group since 2004. It’s a role that I fell into when my father, who was attending U3A with me, volunteered us both to run the class - because he had access to a few charity second-hand book shops.  Fourteen years later of regular checks at the Oxfam Book Shop, 120 sets of plays (and still collecting), I am still co-ordinating the group.

I retired in 1999 from being a Literacy Education lecturer at Flinders University. I also had a major role in producing fourteen books documenting good literacy teaching practice. My area was not drama or theatre but I love to read and share reactions with others who also enjoy literature. Experiencing and learning about drama has never been as enjoyable as in our Play Reading Group.  I have learnt an enormous amount about play writes, their plays, and the social history of their times.

As well as Play Reading, Art Gallery tours and various other U3A sessions, retirement has freed me up for two reading groups, a choir, attending the theatre, tennis, gym, Pilates, regular time with two grandchildren, sorting children’s books at the local Vinnie’s shop, travel with my husband, and lots of lunches with friends. I have recently undertaken to document all the (Mechanics’) Institutes that we have had in South Australia - at least 400 of them. 

Play Reading

Rod Harvey


Bridge Beginners Group
Alexandra Hayes
Philosophy, Life and Big Ideas (with Ken Johns)


Gwenda Helsham


Shakespeare on Stage and Screen
At the Movies - Gwenda
At the Movies


Keith Hempton

Keith was firstly a Modern Language Teacher (French and German at Sydney Grammar School) and then, for over 20 years, a professional singer.  He sang principal roles with the major opera companies in Australia, including Opera Australia and the State Opera Companies of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. He sand with such conductors as Mark Elder, Carlo Felice Cillario, Myer Fredman and Barry Tuckwell. He was the bass with the Song Company (Australia's only professional classical vocal ensemble) from 1986 - 91.

From 1991 he was Lecturer in Charge of Wollongong Conservatorium and from 1995 until 2008 was Head of vocal Studies and Co-ordinator of the Honours Performance Programme at the Elder Conservatorium within the University of Adelaide.

Keith has taken early retirement with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.  He also hopes to have the opportunity to adjudicate, lecture and examine.  Over the years he has acquired a vast experience and knowledge of classical music (he is also a trained radio presenter) and would like to find the opportunity to make challenging use of his particular skills.

Schumanns and Brahms
French Vive la France (3)


Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth became an enthusiastic supporter of U3A Adelaide when she was invited to join in 2009 to teach Modern Greek. Since then she has taught a course every year sharing with participants her knowledge and love for the Middle Eastern and Greek cultures and history. She enjoys the challenge of research into areas she has studied at University many years ago but would like to learn more now and is encouraged by the enthusiasm, support, friendliness and scholarship of U3A students and staff.

Beatrice has studied and worked at the University of Alexandria (Egypt), the Australian National University (Canberra), the University of New England (Armidale, NSW) and the London School of Economics and Political Science of London University. She holds degrees in Classics as well as English and French Literature and a Master in Librarianship. She has studied Arabic and is fascinated by Asian and Arabic cultures. Since she retired, she rekindled her love for Greek culture and did a course on Ancient Greek Philosophers at Adelaide University. 

She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French, Italian and English. She has lived and worked in England, Austria, France, Italy, Greece as well as Egypt and Australia. 

(with John Griffiths)

Ken Johns

Ken’s professional career was in business management in South Australia, mainly in the electrical industry.   

For many years he also conducted (part time) various management classes and Professional Development courses for various Management Consultants in Adelaide, on topics including negotiation skills, time management and marketing management. 

Ken is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.  

Since his retirement, he has pursued a number of other interests in both Philosophy and Psychology.  Ken is currently a Tutor in both of these topics. He is also a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Philosophy, Life and Big Ideas
(with Alexandra Hayes)


Magrit Johnson


French Continuing (3)


Helen Kellaway 2019
Movie Nostalgia
(with Kathleen Bambridge & Raelene Wilsdon)
Ana Luthe  

Spanish Intermediate (3)
Spanish Let's Speak (4)


Maria Macdonald

Italian Conversation Thursday (4)
Italian Conversation Tuesday (4)

Walpurga Page

Hand and Foot Canasta

Susila Palaniappan  

Art Exploration


Leonie Pike


Art for Pleasure (with John Griffiths)

Lyn Porter

In semi-retirement, Lyn is enjoying living her two passions:  Circle Dancing and Professional Counselling both of which carry a healing component and focus on group process and relationship. 

Lyn graduated with a Science Degree and began her professional career as one of the first female geologists in Australia to work for private enterprise.  Marrying a geologist and raising a family through many interstate and overseas moves gave her an opportunity for many lifestyles and career experiences as a High School Maths teacher and Mineral Exploration Information specialist.  Return to Adelaide and career change for her husband prompted Lyn to transition into Professional Counselling via Lifeline training and Masters degree in Social Science.  She gained rich experiences as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and Supervisor, Personal Support Program Caseworker working with the long-term unemployed, on women's issues as a Counsellor at Women's Community Centre, and through her private Counselling practice continues to offer support to family Carers as a brokered Counsellor to Carers SA and to employed people through sponsored EAP Counselling.  Lyn has been enjoying Circle Dancing since 2002 and stepped up to leading and teaching upon the sudden death of previous teacher in 2011.  She has Cert IV TAA as well as Circle Dance training from UK master teachers Mandy de Winter, Judy King and Andy Bettis as well as Australian teachers Krista Sands, Judith Keller & others


Circle Dancing


Juli Pullman



Microsoft Windows 10


Bob Rabbitt

My interest in music began in the early 1950s, I was about 11 years old, when my father used to work in the garden on Saturday afternoons and he would bring our big radio outside so that he could listen to the football while he worked.  Following the football, which I believe was probably on radio station 5KA, there was a music programme which would play the hit songs of that time. Some of the artists I remember hearing were Frankie Laine, Guy Mitchell, Doris Day, Johnny Ray, Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, Marty Robbins and so on.  Also, when I went to visit my aunty and uncle, who had a big phonogram and record player, they would play their LP records of the musicals of the 1950s.

As I grew into my teenage years, music gained more significance. At home we had a small mantle radio and in the evenings, as we washed and dried the dishes, I was able to listen to the music of the Platters, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, etc., etc.

I thin k sometime during 1959, my father bought a small record player, which was hugely exciting for me. Then, when I left school, I could buy my favourite 45rpm singles as they came on the hit parade ...... and so I started my record collection.

My girlfriend used to work at John Martins and, every week, she would bring me the 5AD Top 40 charts.  She was so good at doing this that, eventually, I asked her to marry me.

Now, over 50 years later, she doesn't bring me the Top 40 charts but she does have a habit of saying to me, "Would you please turn that music down!"

For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)

Pamela Rajkowski  

Australia's Cameleers
Fascinating Poland


Anne Rees

I have been teaching music for more than 50 years, always with the desire to enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and gently extend their knowledge, understanding and pleasure. Recreational music-making is uplifting in many ways and group music is satisfying socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Sometimes it is just plain fun! I played in my first recorder ensemble when I was 13 years old, have been hooked ever since, and have no intention of stopping now.


Recorder Group

Evelyn Robertson
Current Film Club 1
Meredith Ross
Gallery Insights 1, 2 and 3

Waltraud Schmidt

Before moving from Germany to Adelaide in 1992, I taught German, English and Geography at the German-French High School in Freiburg.

While living in the USA for a few years in the early eighties, I had the opportunity to learn how to make pottery. By now I have managed to make all my own crockery (and quite a lot of my friends).

In 1995 I joined the WEA and taught German from ‘Beginners’ to ‘Advanced Conversation’ until 2010.  In 2013 I started to teach ‘German for Beginners’ at U3A.

I have also been a tour guide at the South Australian Museum for the past 20 years.

German Elementary (2)
German Language and Culture (4)

Renate Shanahan

I was born in Germany and lived there during my school years, came to Australia in 1957 and got married to an Australian in 1958.
After spending some years building a house and having a family, I entered the Sturt Teachers College, later incorporated into Flinders University, as a mature age student and trained to become a teacher of German and  Religious Education, while working part time as an emergency teacher.

Having achieved my B.Ed., I taught in several high schools at all levels for a total of 22 years. After my retirement I spent my time catching up on my hobbies, quilting, singing in a choir, practicing Yoga, walking in a group and also with my dog. One day, one of my walking friends, who was attending courses in the U3A asked, whether I was willing to tutor  Advanced German there, since the present tutor was ill. I said yes - that was in 2005, and I am still here.

My aim in teaching German here is to make this subject interesting and fun at the same time.

German Intermediate (3)


Valerie Sitters

Valerie has immersed herself in the literature of the polar regions for over 40 years and delighted in sharing that love with innumerable groups.
She has given talks about Antarctica to historical societies, the ANARE Club and the Australian Meteorological Association and RIAus most recently. She was formerly employed at the State Library of SA and in the Royal Geographical Society of SA Library.

Discovering the Pacific


John Slaytor

After graduating from Adelaide University (B.A.,  Dip. Ed.), John taught in high schools for a few years before returning to do a Master’s degree in Climatology. For the next 15 years or so he taught student teachers and, during this time, also did a B.Sc.  John spent several extended periods overseas in institutions in Holland (Earth Sciences) and England (Land Management).   For the last 10 years before retiring he was Senior Lecturer in park management at the University of S.A.  He is a Life Member of both the Aust.  Meteorological Association and the Royal Geographical Society of S.A.

So how is it that he’s running a course in Spanish?  Well, since student days he has had an interest in foreign languages, but the opportunity to study only Latin formally at University.   Yet this, coupled with a certain fascination with grammar (English and Latin) arising from its importance in his education in the mid-twentieth century, was of great help as a renewed interest in languages arose when he retired.  Intrigued by the Graeco-Latin origins of the Romance languages, and spurred on by partner Mary, together they did SACE Spanish via the School of Languages.  This is his only formal qualification in Spanish.   So, rather than being a tutor, he regards himself as a coordinator of a group of like-minded autodidacts, still of modest Spanish conversational skills, but very enthusiastic, who are mostly refugees from the legendary Silvia Lang’s Spanish class and who, after her retirement, wanted to continue in the same way the study of the beautiful Spanish language, its literature, and culture.

Spanish Literature and Grammar (3)


David Smith
Wine Exploring

Dianne Schwarz



Let's Keep Talking

Trevor Steele

Trevor Steele was born in Queensland, but has lived in several parts of Australia and spent many years in foreign countries of Europe, in Brazil, India, Hong Kong and the former Soviet Union. He is now retired and living in Adelaide with his Slovak wife.


The Crusades


Julanne Sweeney

Born Julanne Drynan on dairy farm near Beaudesert. All Hallows School Brisbane. B.A. Dip. Ed. 1957. 1st class English Hons 1986 UQ.

1958-2002 High School teaching in FNQ [Yeronga 1983-86] and cattle farming at Mena Creek with former husband Fabian; establishing native tree plantations from 1980s. Political campaigns (1972!) and environmental protests for Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics.

At Cairns High 1958-9 encouraged debating for Pat O’Shane, first Aboriginal magistrate; in Townsville taught with Eddie Mabo at controversial Black Community School 1972-3; awarded Qld Multicultural Medal 1995(?) for voluntary community cultural activism in Innisfail area.

Shakespeare specialist Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (director Dr Bryan Nason) is still based in a hut (seen in new Oz film CELESTE) near my Tropic Valley waterfall on the Cassowary Coast.

At the birth of my wonderful Down syndrome granddaughter Isadora in 2002, I moved to Adelaide where 3 of my 5 children work in professional arts world. The other two are practising educators in visual and performing arts interstate.

A great privilege [to top off a teaching career] has been to work with inspiring refugees, migrants and their teachers at the Adelaide Secondary School of English.

The exhilarating challenge of tutoring the Shakespeare Reading group at U3A came in 2014 when the youngest of 6 Adelaide granddaughters left Kindy ( pick-ups still almost daily!). My cognitive world changed: new wealth in profound texts is shared fortnightly. Neglected books (for Poetry and other U3A reading groups) jump off my shelves.

Shakespeare Play Reading

Sandra Taylor

I hold Honours and MSc degrees from Queens University at Kingston, Canada and a PhD degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in biology and earth science.  I retired from my position as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2007.  Since then I have been an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Urban Ecology at the University of South Australia.  My current research activities are concerned with urban biodiversity conservation and restoration, environmental history, citizen science and Australian nature writing.

I have offered U3A courses in the past at Pt Adelaide and in the City.  Now that I have reduced my academic commitments to the University of South Australia, I have time to begin offering U3A courses again.

Introduction to Nature Writing
Greening Cities

Max Tomkins

Max Tomkins came to Adelaide in 1996, to establish the public relations area of the Art Gallery of South Australia, after a career in education in Victoria that encompassed practical teaching and principalship as well as the bureaucracy where he worked in both International Education and Public Relations.

He took out degrees in English and Art History (Melbourne University) and History (University of London) as well as a Masters in Education which concentrated on the development of Senior High Schools in Victoria. He recently completed a Master of Arts in Art History at Adelaide University.

He spent 4 years teaching at tertiary level in China, as well as returning for brief intervals. He has also lectured in Art History in Adelaide.

Max lives in the oldest house in the City of Adelaide which houses an extensive collection of art and art books, as well as a good collection of classical and jazz CD's. He is presently relearning the clarinet after a very long break.

Travel takes him overseas for periods each year, 2010 taking him back to Europe to revisit the works of art he will discuss in his lectures.

Art History

John Travers

John was a school principal for most of his working life and ended up as Manager of the Technology School of the future.  After full time work he ending up do some lecturing in educational technology for Flinders University in a Masters program in Beijing.

John has, for a few years, been delivering courses at the Mitcham Library and COTA on how to use the iPad and iPhone

Digital Art and Drawing
iPad Introduction 1,2,3
Wikipedia Editing
Writing a Travel Blog

Gail Umehara
Japanese Conversation (2-4)


Aura Valli
Italian Continuing (3)


Adriaan van der Wyst

Takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occasional lectures on topics in the science field.

Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philosophy, history, religion and bushwalking and golf. 

For the Record
(with Bob Rabbitt)
The Boy from Oz

Laure Vincent-Allard

As a free-lance consultant and lecturer, Laure has combined her wide-ranging knowledge of European Art History (24 years as a conference-guide in French Historic sites and for private companies and 15 years as an Art History teacher) with her 18-year domestic and international experience as a trainers’ supervisor and team leader.

She has a Bachelor degree in Art history and Archaeology with honours, and various diplomas and certificates in guiding/lecturing and in management. She has provided lectures, conferences, led workshops and training in both European Art and Team Leadership (from stress management to training improvement, just to name a few). She specialises in expanding creativity, challenging intellectual and emotional perspective and building self-confidence with humour and kindness.

Laura's website:- www.thewittyscope.weebly.com

French Perspective Française
Watercolour Affairs


Steve Walsh  

At the Movies - Steve
Adventures in Film Music


Ann Warner
French Advanced (4)

Raelene Wilsdon

Raelene began her working life at the Electricity Trust, then moved to an Accountant's office for the next  9 years until her first child arrived.  After 11 years at home with her family, doing volunteer work in the school library, she returned to the workforce as a site secretary on several large building sites around Adelaide and the last 20 working years as Office Manager and Human Resource Officer in a large civil engineering company.   Raelene enjoys travelling with her husband, reading, painting, theatre, cooking and the many history discussions held at the U3A.  Raelene is on the Board of U3A Adelaide.


Movie Nostalgia
(with Kathleen Bambridge and Helen Kellaway)


Athena Zaknic

Since my retirement, I have enjoyed immensely being a member of U3A.  I find the language classes stimulating and enjoyable.  My literary interests also take to me the poetry group, play reading and, as a member of the creative writing group, I like to write both poetry and prose.

With a professional scientific and musical background, my new interests are something I have always wanted to do.  I find the mental gymnastics of philosophy challenging and, with Lyn Arden, we have an enthusiastic group of friends in the philosophy class.

Monday Movie Club