Report on U3APP Annual General Meeting 2 Dec 2017

An excellent attendance of 89 members braved uncertain weather to be at the 14th AGM on 2 December 2017, most staying on to the lively Christmas luncheon which followed.

John Craven (Vice-President) chaired the meeting, and delivered the President’s Report prepared by Renate Mattiske.  Click here to read the full account of another busy and successful year at U3APP.  Kevin English presented his Financial Report, which you can also view here.  The meeting then voted in favour of a motion proposed by Geoffrey Levy, which has the effect of amending two of the Association Rules.

Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to Barry McIntosh and Margaret Ireland. In addition, new Meritorious Service Awards were made to Sheila Harris, Julie Paxton and Henry Wenig.

Nominations to the Committee of Management were received from Kate Anderson, Lois Best, John Craven, Mark Denniston, Richard Edwards, Karen English, Geoffrey Levy, Renate Mattiske, Ian Shaw – and all were declared elected for the coming year.

Barry McIntosh (Mac)
Margaret Ireland
Sheila Harris
Julie Paxton

Helen & Karen

Saturday Seminar Report – A Wordsmith’s Way

A Wordsmith’s Way – Presented by Barry Smith      


Thirty-two members and others were entertained by Barry’s recollection of a five-month long circumnavigation of Australia by Subaru Forester, highlighted by his on and off-road experiences in the far north. A portfolio of photographs accompanied the talk.

Crocodiles, flooded river crossings and bulldust galore interspersed with time spent completing the third of an Australian dynastic trilogy of adventure novels which span the First, Second and a potential Third World War.

Barry’s easygoing style made for an entertaining afternoon, re-igniting this writer’s desire to see more of our country. A great deal of interest was also shown in his self-published novels.


Mark Denniston
Course Co-ordination Team

Report – Saturday Seminar – Mapping Port Melbourne

Saturday Seminar, 19th August 2017


A study of the Yarra delta from the 1850s to today.

Presented by Margaret Bride and Janet Bolitho

An enthusiastic audience of 50 including several visiting members of the Port Phillip Historical & Preservation Society listened to a detailed talk based on a study of the development and realignment of the Yarra, its impact on the Sandridge, Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend precincts and on the economy of Melbourne.

Janet Bolitho and Margaret Bride co-ordinated this project for the PMH&PS with a generous endowment from the Auty family, descendants of the original settlers of Port Melbourne, the family of WFE Liardet.

The landscape of Port Melbourne has been hugely changed by human intervention since white settlement. The shape and the course of the Yarra River have been changed, the swampy terrain is now covered with roads and other hard surfaces, and there is a new landmass at the mouth of the river. Through a series of maps and aerial photographs, “Mapping Port Melbourne” graphically presented these changes that were planned, some discarded and others implemented, and their effect on Melbourne’s ports.

An active Q&A ensued with recollections of life in the 1930s and 40s and discussions on future developments of our ports to enable the receipt and discharge of goods into the second half of the 21st century.

Mark Denniston – Course Co-ordination Team



Saturday Seminar – March 2017

Saturday Seminars – First Term, March 2017

“The Political is Personal” – A 20th Century Memoir

An audience of 40 members welcomed and were enthralled by the extraordinary life lived by this independent, determined woman which began in the mid-20th and continues today.

Judith Buckrich was born in Hungary of a communist father and a Jewish mother who had suffered and eventually escaped the Nazi terror of Auschwitz. She ended up in Australia in a society that encouraged her independence and a determination to right all political wrongs, espouse women’s liberation, marry, have a child then continue at the same time to write plays, act on stage and latterly to write books. At last count 13 published and the 14th, a history of Acland Street about to be released.

As some one said to me afterwards – “..she made me feel very inadequate. I am in awe of her energy”.

Mark Denniston - Course Co-ordination Team

Saturday Seminar – February 2017

Saturday Seminars – First Term, February 2017

“Maiden Voyage” – An Australian song cycle - presented by Lorraine Milne

Lorraine Milne took an audience of 30 members on a journey of the development of Australia through the eyes of ordinary and outstanding women in a cycle of 13 songs, the lyrics written by Lorraine and supported by her own compositions.

Beginning with the First Fleet, through wars, emancipation, Liberation and political achievements she wove a pattern of independence and resilience that resonates today with the freedoms available to all Australians but still with all the indignities and restrictions that face our women.

Mark Denniston - Course Co-ordination Team