Presentations ~ February to June 2020

All presentations are held at the Historic Motor Vehicles Club, Victor Harbor

from 2.00pm to 4.00pm most Tuesdays and Thursdays

Members and Visitors are most welcome.   Entry fee $2.00 per person

Please note due to the current Corona Virus emergency all U3A South Coast Presentations will be suspended from 17th March 2020 until further notice.


U3A South Coast  2020

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Thursday 6th February 2020

Britain’s Best Kept Secret

presenter ~ Marj Thornton


I spent three years in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WW2, serving as a Special Wireless Operator in “Y” Branch of the Royal Corps of Signals.  Our work was top secret and remained so until the 1970s when the part played by all the people connected with the top-secret war time work carried out at Bletchley Park was made public.  My talk will explain my job as a Special Wireless Operator and the part we played in the overall operations at Bletchley Park.

Tuesday 11th February 2020



presenter ~Jo Rayner



Living well with arthritis, Better bone

health (focus on osteoporosis), and

coping with ongoing arthritis pain.


Tuesday 25th February 2020

Four Australian Women Writers

presenter ~ Ron Ritter



Ernestine Hill, Katherine Susannah Pritchard, Henrietta Drake-Brockman and Mary Durack. 

Four influential women writers.




Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Film ‘Gigi

presenter ~ Elizabeth Caldicott


Louis Jourdan plays Paris’s most eligible and finicky bachelor. He offers all his wealth to young Gigi (Lesley Caron) if she will become his mistress, but she refuses, yearning for something money can’t buy. This film won nine Academy Awards.

Thursday 12th March 2020

Rehabilitating an Island ~ a long term vision

presenter ~ Richard Owen


It didn’t take us very long to clear the place, but it will take us much longer to rehabilitate Hindmarsh Island. The Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group has had a consistent vision since 2001/2 to restore the island to ecological health, in the context of increasing uncertainty about what that might mean in practice

Thursday 19th March 2020

Goolwa Community Garden

presenter ~ Sue Gelade


Community gardens grow in a number of small and large towns, even cities across Australia and in many other countries around the world. Often they are started via a Council or local health organisation’s incentive. Other times when a small community group expresses a need that will bring residents together. In Goolwa though, it started because of a barrow. That barrow has long gone, but the Community Garden continues to thrive. This is its story.

Thursday 26th March 2020

Right Royal Music

presenter ~ Colin Macdonald


What a wealth of magnificent music has been written for royal occasions -coronations, weddings, birthdays and funerals. Colin will share with you just some of those works, including compositions by Handel, William Walton, Haydn, Johann Strauss II, Purcell and Mendelssohn. He will, as usual, offer lots of interesting background by way of introduction to each work.


Tuesday 31st March 2020


presenter ~ Joanne McPhee


A journey of what happens to the contents of our kerbside bins, especially the recycling and green organics bins. We will look at what items go into each bin, diverting food waste from landfill, soft plastics recycling and tricky waste item disposal.

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Film ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’

Presenter ~ Elizabeth Caldicott








Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, this is one of the most popular westerns ever made. This Academy Award winner blends adventure, romance and comedy to tell the true story of the West’s most likeable outlaws. When these two bungling bank and train robbers tire of running from the law they set out for Bolivia.

Tuesday 14th April 2020

The WCTU team et al

Presenter ~ Maryanne McGill



The Women’s Christian Temperance Union. More than a group of wowsers, these women were at the forefront of change for women.

Thursday 16th April 2020

Ted Hughes

Presenter ~ Richard Kleinig








Edward Hughes was one of the foremost English poets of the twentieth century. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. His life was attended by tragedy and controversy. His relationship with Sylvia Plath dogged his whole life following her suicide in 1963. In this presentation, Hughes will be heard reading some of his best-known works.

Tuesday 21st April 2020


presenter ~  Jesse Lathlean


A brief history of dolls, from Mother made to the rare creations of the French and German dollmakers of C19. Hear their many and various uses covering from C19 to today.   We will look briefly at how they were made from French factories, the cottage labour of German peasant families to American mass production and our Australian doll manufacturing firms.


Tuesday 28th April 2020

Three Remarkable Queens

presenter ~ Colin Macdonald


Mary Queen of Scots became Queen of Scotland when just one week old; and married the King of France at age 16; Elizabeth I, officially declared a bastard by her father Henry VIII; became one of England's greatest monarchs.
Catherine The Great, an obscure German Princess who married the heir to the Russian throne in 1745 and had him murdered so that she might rule Russia in her own right. Three women whose lives defied all the conventions about ‘weak women’.


Tuesday 5th May 2020

Film ‘To Catch a Thief’

presenter ~Elizabeth Caldicott







Another Hitchcock thriller. Cary Grant plays a reformed jewel thief who was known as “The Cat.”  Robie is suspected of a new rash of jewel thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera and he sets out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly) he sees his chance to set a trap for the thief.


Thursday 7th May 2020

Heart Foundation

presenter ~ Charlie Sheridan



  • What causes a Heart attack

  • Recognising the symptoms of a Heart attack

  • What to do in the event of Heart attack

  • How you can reduce your risk of developing Heart disease

  • Available Health Foundation resources.


Tuesday 12th May 2020

Byron ~ X rated

presenter ~ Anna Kiernan










George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) was one of England’s greatest poets.

Anna will concentrate on the man himself ~ ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. Members are warned of adult content.


Thursday 21st May 2020

East African Safari

presenter ~ Elizabeth Caldicott



Elizabeth will share her memories and images of a lifetime, travelling with a small group through Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In five weeks they experienced an amazing array of wildlife and scenery in the many remote national parks.


Tuesday 2nd June 2020

FilmBreakfast at Tiffany’s

presenter ~ Elizabeth Caldicott


Stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, set in New York with the theme music “Moon River.” This romantic comedy based, on the book by Truman Capote’s novella, follows the madcap world of carefree playgirl Holly Golightly a struggling young writer.


Tuesday 9th June 2020

Robert Owen

presenter ~Terry Tooth


Robert Owen was born in 1771 and became one of the most influential figures in the industrial revolution in Britain. This talk will examine his remarkable achievements as a pioneer in the development of the cotton industry, and the impact he made as a life-long advocate for social reform. His life was devoted to improving the lives of his fellow citizens, and his vision for fairness and social progress remains a source of inspiration today.

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Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and the South Coast over 50's community.

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Beth Nixon ~ Julie Barrien ~ Lea Brooks & all the other wonderful contributors from  U3A  groups.

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