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

2017
Bhutan - Thunder Dragons

Roger Bills

2017
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.

2017
Learn Linux 2017

Judith Carr
2017
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

2017
Machiavelli's  - The Prince
Machiavelli's  - The
Mandrake

 

John Cooper-Smartt
2017
Port Misery to Port Dock
 
David Donaldson
2017
Hollywood's First Australian
 

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.

2017
Renaissance to the Modern World

Barbara Field

2017
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.

2017
Aboriginal Australia

Ian Harmstorf
2017
German Migration to South Australia
 
Merilyn Kuchel
2017
Mediterranean Gardening
 

 

Mac Macdonald -Frederick R. M. (Mac) Macdonald 

I was born in NZ in 1936 and received my early education in Auckland before  travelling with my parents to the UK in early 1945. My secondary and tertiary education was in London at Westminster School and London University.  
I was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1960, and came to SA in 1961. 
I am a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and have held pastorates at Warradale Park, Strathalbyn, Croydon/Kilkenny, Kent Town, Goodwood and Glenelg.

I first joined U3A, in 2001.  Previously I had done some lecturing with Adult Education, WEA and at Glenelg’s “College for Seniors”.

I am married to Margaret and we have two adult children.     
I  enjoy gardening, computing, listening to classical music, travel & study of the fine arts.
Current memberships include the Adelaide Society of Collectors, my local historical society & Probus.      
I am also a Telecross Volunteer for Red Cross. 

I have travelled extensively through Europe, NZ, Australia, South America and Russia and have a special love for Italy and the British Isles. 

An architect father instilled into me an interest in architecture and over the years I have developed my interest in music and the fine arts.

In the past I was a committee member and the second President of the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society and also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the Norwood Kitchen.

Since retirement I have been involved in Interim Ministry at Thames, NZ and at Kent Town, Payneham Road & other churches.   At Illoura Homes, I ran a Conversation Club for residents Christian Meditation group.

2017
Charles Rennie Mackintosh

 

Peter Mansfield
2017
Israel - A Nation Reborn


 

Nick Meredith

2017
Army Museum of SA

Pamela Rajkowski
2017
In the Tracks of the Cameleers


 

Dr. Janet Scarfe

Janet has returned to historical research after a public service career. Her current research involves members of the Australian Army Nursing Service in WW1 and WW2. She has published nearly 50 biographical essays on WW1 nurses for the East Melbourne Historical Society (emhs.org.au), and is also working on the diaries and albums of a South Australian WW2 nurse, Dorothy (Puss) Campbell. She was co-editor and contributor to Preachers Prophets & Heretics: Anglican Women’s Ministry (UNSW Press, 2012), essays marking 20 years since the ordination of women controversy in the Anglican Church in 1992. She was actively engaged in that controversy. She is an Adjunct Research Associate, History Department, Monash University.

 

2017
An Adelaide Nurse in WW2
Furore Over Women Priests
 


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.

2017
Reading Music for Beginners
 

Scoresby Shepherd

2017
SA Marine Parks and Challenges

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.

2017
The Last Great Quest

Max Steen

2017
Playford ETSA Museum

Murray Wildsdon

2017
UK National Trust Estates