Our program for 2019 is, as usual, varied and interesting!

We start preparing the coming term program at least mid way through the preceding term. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact us.

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A Smorgasbord of Talks

Talks on many varied subjects, with time for discussion and questions. Topics include:

  • Re-creating the World’s First International Car Race
  • Chocolate from Tree to Table
  • Sumer – an Overview of a Civilisation
  • Facing up to Fasciae
  • Moons of the Solar System
  • On the Road to Mandalay
  • Human Origins: the First 5 Million Years
  • The Space Between Words
  • Good Science versus Bad Science
  • Thar She Blows – a Whale or an Oil Well in the Great Australian Bight?

Book Club

Cygnet U3A book club focuses on themes rather than the same book every month. Topics for 2019 include Victorians, mental illness, indigenous authors, humour, holiday reading, and short stories. You choose fiction or non-fiction – any work to illustrate the theme, which is why our meetings are interesting, informative and fun.

Family History Interest Group

A small group of genealogy tragics meet to share experiences, discuss techniques and generally learn from each other.

Garden & Gourmet (now in recess till Spring!)

A series of visits, talks and workshops on all things garden, and gourmet, with plenty of opportunity to look, discuss and ask.

Have Your Say

A general discussion group. Come and share your thoughts on what’s going on around us. Listen to others and/or join in, to share opinions on things that matter.

Men’s Forum

The Men’s forum meets to discuss any topics of interest, relevance or concern.


We learn about composers, performers, musical styles and trends, covering all musical genres and periods; sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted. And of course, we listen to lots of glorious music. Bring your own favourite pieces to the highlighted sharing sessions. Topics include:

  • TV Theme Tunes Music Quiz
  • Renaissance Music
  • Australian Music
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • The Beatles : Musical Appreciation & Analysis
  • George Frideric Handel
  • The Partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Choral Music – the Joy of Singing
  • The Marsalis Brothers: Jazz and Classical Instrumentalists
  • Chamber Music

Play Reading

Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime – experience the joys and sorrows of other lives, places and times. You don’t have to have great acting skills – just be able to read, enjoy being entertained and love laughing. Beginners welcome.

Painting with Acrylics

This Acrylics class will continue similar to last term …. but stepping up the challenge will be on the agenda! This term will focus on light source, composition and colours that enhance light and shade. Exercises will be undertaken with perspective and foreshortening which will then be incorporated into your paintings. An exciting term ahead of us.

Painting with Watercolours (for Beginners)

This session aims to introduce beginners to watercolour materials and how to use them, starting with the basics of colour mixing, brush strokes and techniques. A basic ability to draw is recommended.

Painting – Continuers

Painting can be a solitary hobby, and often frustrating. This group is an opportunity to socialize, learn from, and share experience with other potential artists in an informal setting. It is not restricted to watercolours but includes other mediums such as acrylics and pastel. It is designed to complement our tutored classes, by providing a space for those who are past the beginners stage.

Writers Group

We look at various aspects of the novel, non-fiction, memoirs, historical novel, scriptwriting, autobiography, and whatever else the group is interested in.


For more details please read our most recent program, available on the Program page.

If you are presenting a talk for us, there is more information you may need, and details of what we need from you, on our For Presenters page.

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