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.

Jeremy Austen 2017
Dead DNA

Helen Bills

Bhutan - Thunder Dragons

Roger Bills

3 South American Icons
Gallery Insights II

Greg Bishop


This is my second role at the Box Factory. I sang here in an 'a capella' choir, in the evenings back in the 1990s!

I was raised doing mathematics and computer research at WRE/DRCS locally in Salisbury, and at Marconi Radar in Chelmsford, UK.

A 'Windows' friend introduced me to the Linux computer system last century. I have ended up at the South-West Community Centre, where I help to run both the Linux Supporters Group (giving lectures and workshops) and the Linux Learner Lounge (hands-on help for beginners).

To get away from high-tech stuff, I enjoy classical music, messing about in wooden boats, fast motorcycles and slow kayaks, and I am enchanted with South America and Indo-China.

Learn Linux 2017

Judith Carr
King in the Carpark

Tony Comin

Antonio Comin (born Cornuda, Italy, 9.10.1933) migrated with his family to Australia in 1936.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Università degli Studi di Firenze. He taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) before joining Flinders University in 1970 as Professor of Italian, a post he retained until his retirement in 1996.

His main teaching and research areas have been Italian, Italian Dialectology, and Traditional Italian Culture. He has been and continues to be active in promoting Italian theatre as a performer, director and writer

Machiavelli's  - The Prince
Machiavelli's  - The


John Cooper-Smartt
Port Misery to Port Dock
Matt Cottrell 2017
The Mobile Phone

John Crowhurst

His research and teaching interests have included obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia, critical perinatal care, and neuraxial & perinatal pharmacology.

John retired from clinical practice in Melbourne at the end of 2010, now lives back here in Adelaide, and continues to teach and lecture on anaesthesia related topics. He has taught &/or lectured in some 37 countries, and has had 8 international visiting professorships.

His principal interests in retirement are largely in historical topics. He is the Honorary Archivist for the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association, UK and Chair of the Australasian History of Anaesthesia Group, Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

The initial presentation of this lecture was given to a joint meeting of ANZCA and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Singapore in 2014. To date, this lecture has been presented to both medical and non-medical groups some 24 times in 6 different countries.

A précis of this lecture has been published in several journals, a copy of which is available on request; and was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s ‘Ockham’ Razor’ prior to the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack last December:


Pentothal and Pearl Harbour

David Donaldson
Hollywood's First Australian

Don Drake

I became a member of U3A Adelaide when Colin Lawton was forming it and immediately became a tutor. Initially, I formed a class in Current Affairs with Colin and after a period of time I took over the class on my own.

I went on to teach Physical Geography, concentrating on meteorology and geomorphology.

I have always been interested in Cinema, and in 1994, I began a class in Cinema Studies.  Thus class has been held ever since.

My actual teaching of Cinema Studies began in 1969, when I tried to interest my Leaving English class in watching good cinema instead of accepting the poor quality of the average film.  The library of the SA Film Corporation began collecting 16mm copies of film suitable for study, and these were made available.  I also organized film evenings for adults, and ran film making weekends at my school, with the help of others who came from Adelaide.

Although I have academic qualifications in English, I do not have any qualifications in Cinema Studies.  Such courses did not exist at University when I was a student.  However, there can be a close relationship between film and novels and I always emphasize this.  I am, however, self taught in the subject, and I have done much research, and I hope that I manage.

Cinema Studies


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.


Good Vibrations
(with Geoff Howe)
Latin an Introduction


Barbara Field

The Plants of India

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

Chris Gregory  

NBN and Seniors


Ian Harmstorf
German Migration to South Australia

David Kilner

David Kilner was born in London and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where he lives with his wife, Pauline, and a Maltese Shih-Tzu cross. With the help of their dogs, they raised two daughters. Now retired, he spent most of his career in the social welfare sector where he became expert at writing social welfare policy and was awarded a Doctorate for his work on social housing. 

These days he enjoys volunteering with community organisations, playing 8-ball, participating in U3A activities and writing local history studies. Many of his non-fiction works have been published, both in social welfare and in history. 

He began writing crime fiction several years ago and has previously published two short stories with Detective Sergeant Skyla Merrick in the lead. 

His first Skyla Merrick novel, The Climate Change Murders, was published in 2015 and the follow up, The Rock Art Murders, was published in 2016.

Crime Fiction Talk


Merilyn Kuchel
Mediterranean Gardening
Jan Lindsay 2017
Feasting in the Garden
Peter Mansfield
Israel - A Nation Reborn


Nick Meredith

Army Museum of SA

Robert Penny

I was educated mainly in Catholic schools. At age 17, I stopped going to Church and soon became a non-card-carrying atheist. In 1991, I heard of D.E. Harding on ABC Radio National. Based on his scientific-philosophical books, my sense-of-self and world-view have totally transformed, and I now have a deep spirituality which dovetails perfectly with modern science. I've had significant course management and teaching experience and involvement in community organisations. 

Comparative Religion

Tamara Pietraszuk  

Basil Hetzel Institute


Kerrie Prosser  

Beyond the Kerb


Pamela Rajkowski
In the Tracks of the Cameleers


Barrie Redman

Introduction to Excel


Gabrielle Scherrer

My life in music has been very varied; I was teaching violin in my teens, but started my official studies after leaving school. I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the performer’s course and completed my violin teaching certificate as well. My first position was with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, which was daunting and a huge learning curve! 

My parents then emigrated to Australia and I decided to see something of Europe. I played in a German Symphony Orchestra and then in Basel, where I met my husband, Walter. I did return to England to do a Dip Ed for classroom music teaching but then went back to Basel to get married.

In 1990 we decided to emigrate for various reasons and I got a job in Albany WA teaching all the strings in all the public schools in 3 days and teaching classroom music for 2 days a week to 450 Primary School kids! There were also 2 Youth Orchestras and a school choir to conduct!  Enough said!! Luckily I could give up the classroom teaching after 7 years.

I moved to Adelaide in 2008 and have continued my varied activities including non music ones and I am enjoying the opportunities here, especially at U3A! I have often come across adults who play and sing without being able to read music. They manage extremely well and it is possible. But being able to read gives you more independence and opens up more repertoire – as does word reading – and it is possible to learn it later in life! So that is why I am offering this course “Reading Music through Singing and Percussion”.  I hope to see you there.

Reading Music for Beginners

Scoresby Shepherd

SA Marine Parks and Challenges

Max Steen

Playford ETSA Museum

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.

Urban Wildlife

Michele Warren
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2


Murray Wildsdon

UK National Trust Estates

Peter Winter

Cybercrime and Seniors