Where we are:
U3A Hawthorn is located in Melbourne Australia. Originally established
in November 1984 as one of the first U3As in the State of Victoria,
we commenced classes in 1985 on the campus of Swinburne University in
the municipality of Hawthorn. We are now located beside the Glen Iris
wetlands, as you can see from the photo, where our birdwatchers are
constantly on the lookout for new arrivals.
In 2014 we currently have some 1300 members and some Associate members
from other U3As also share in our courses. As with many U3As, we find
accommodation something of a challenge and believe we have the potential
to increase our membership in line with the demographic trends in our
We have a curriculum containing some 100 courses, the majority of
which run throughout the year. These cover a diverse range of topics
and subjects; from languages, current affairs, history to book groups,
bridge, chess and mah-jong. We also have a choir and a symphony orchestra
of some 60 players.
In addition to continuing
courses, we offer short courses based around 4 semesters in the year.
These short courses provide an opportunity to try new things, such as
arts or crafts, or to bring together a range of related presentations
such as a series on medical issues. We also run a large Summer School
in January with some 400+ participants attending sessions which are
run each morning and afternoon over the 4 weeks. Full details of our
curriculum are available
on our website >>>.
In Victoria we now have over 100 U3As and our peak body, U3A Network
Victoria, recently hosted the Asia Pacific Alliance Conference 2013.
It was great to meet with representatives of other U3As in our region
and to hear from Prof. Francois Vellas about the origins of the U3A
With the communication
made possible through the internet and world wide web, I believe U3As
around the world are now able to feel a greater sense of sharing in
the principles of life-long learning and positive ageing, whilst learning
from each other how best to adapt the volunteer model to
work in each local environment and produce great outcomes for our members.
This website is one such opportunity!