Tutors at U3A

Life Members

Below are some profiles of our recent 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
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

Helen Brooks  

Budapest and the Baltic States


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


Mary Clarke

The Stories Behind the Trees

John Cooper-Smartt
Port Misery to Port Dock

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

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.

European Art Since 1500
Four Art Extras
Pleasures of Reading
What's a Masterpiece?


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


Joanne Fisher


My first degree is in Chemistry, and my graduate diploma is in Computing. I have worked in a number of disciplines including patent examining, computer systems management, astronomy and robotics. I have always been curious about the amazing universe we live in, and have spent most of my working life as a science communicator. I have worked as a Public Relations Officer, a Knowledge Base Manager, a Technical Writer and a Technical Editor in a wide range of areas.
 Having finally left the paid work force I can now concentrate on learning about the things that interest me. These include classical music, history and walking, but my main love is science, and finding out more about how things work. I hope to share some of my passion with interested U3A people
 in the future.

Life Online

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

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


Pauline McCreery

Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before.  I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to learning croquet, to learning French, to..........you name it!  I love theatre, reading, good food and wine and being a grandmother.  I became the webmaster for U3A Adelaide five years ago as well as serving on both the Programme and the General Committees, I continue with these commitments.  From March 2011 - March 2013 I was President of U3A Adelaide. I am now the delegate for U3A Adelaide at U3A South Australia, the peak body for U3A in South Australia. I am also webmaster for U3A South Australia and serve on some of their committees. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching.

Start Your Photobook
Updating Photobook Skills

Nick Meredith

Army Museum of SA

Sharon Mosler

Dr Sharon Mosler has tutored in Australian migrant history, among other history subjects, at the University of Adelaide from 2006 - 2012.
While undertaking a PhD in history at the University of Adelaide, Sharon tutored in several subjects, including Australian and European history, and the history of food and drink.  She also tutored in a history of architecture subject in 1989.  Her book, Heritage Politics in Adelaide, was published after many years as an heritage actovist. Sharon has lectured at U3A since 2014.

History of Architecture to 1900

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

Kerrie Prosser  

Beyond the Kerb


John Prowse

John is a keen bush walker and long distance walker. In 2015, he walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and last year the Via Francigena from Canterbury in England to Rome.
He is a retired Chemical Engineer and Manager of oil & gas and resources projects. He worked in Europe, North America and South East Asia as well as Australia. His interests are history, philosophy, politics, walking and travel.


A Pilgrim's Journey to Rome

Pamela Rajkowski
In the Tracks of the Cameleers


Barrie Redman

Introduction to Excel


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.


An Adelaide Nurse in WW2
Deciphering Service Records
Furore Over Women Priests
One SA Family in WW2

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.

Diaries From Hell
Fighters Against Barbarism
Hitler's Last Victims
On Foot Across Australia
Soviet Union Collapse
The Medieval Crusaders

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


Peter Winter

Cybercrime and Seniors