Welcome to the Swan Hills Region Web page

Swan Hills Region meets at 1:30 PM on Fridays at North Metropolitan TAFE – Midland Campus, Eddie Barron Drive off Lloyd Street,
Midland in Lecture Theatre Block “D” behind the Administration Block “A”. Visitors are always welcome.
Elvire Chalets is in Elvire Street, Midland.

Contacts:

Maxine Wood, email vicmaxgc@gmail.com    Phone 0437 014 982
Catherine, email: catbax88@hotmail.com   Phone 0400 952 585

Aug – Oct 2021 Program

Swan Hills enjoys Christmas in July

Christmas in July at Oakover Winery was just the thing Swan Hills needed for a wintery day and a thank you to Janice and the team for a successful Seminar last Saturday.

My Life as a Fighter Pilot

Member Catherine thanks Sue for her well presented, inspiring talk.

Flight Leutenant Sue Freeman entertained Swan Hills with her fascinating story of life as a fighter pilot in the RAF and RAAF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Safe

Intrepid traveller and member Jan thanks Ben for his enlightening talk.

Richard Walller presented the fascinating story to Swan Hills of Ben Carlin’s 10 year round the world trip in an amphibious Jeep. Adventurous or mad, you be the judge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canberra

Chair Tony thanks Pauline in front of our Blue Poles, now apparently worth $350million.

Pauline  Zani reappraised Canberra for Swan Hills pointing out its history, features, people and future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norfork Island

Member Tony thanks Anthony for his detailed and informative talk.

Anthony Alborn took Swan Hills through the troubled history of Norfolk Island as a penal colony up until the present day. Fascinating insight into this little known Territory of Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swan Hills visits Guildford Grammar

Rosemary Waller, wife of member Richard, and archivist at Guildford Grammar showed Swan Hills over the school and explained the history and features of this wonderful architectural gem. Fascinating afternoon looking at memorabilia, memories and buildings alike.

Eureka Stockade

Member Derrick thanks Denise for her insights.

Denise Beer recreated the conditions leading to the Eureka Stockade for Swan Hills, highlighting the unfair conditions that caused the most famous armed insurrection in Australian history and whose long term goal of independence has still not been fully realised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Perth Airport

Denise Beer thanked Geoffrey for his outstanding talk.

Geoffrey Thomas’ enthusiastic presentation and knowledge made his exploration of aviation and Perth’s airport for Swan Hills, an absolute delight full of humorous asides and stories. A walk down memory lane and wonderful afternoon for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in Isolation

Yvonne thanks Robyn for her polished presentation

Robyn Talbot lead Swan Hills through a body of work produced not only in this current lockdown but in previous isolation events and explained the intention and thinking behind each piece. Wonderful insights.

 

 

 

 

 

The History of Money

U3A Swan Hills Deputy Chair, Janice Brooks thanks Peter Flanagan for his epic talk on the History of Money. We heard it all from the most ancient coins through to crypto currency – a most fascinating topic.

 

 

 

Sailing on Tall Ships

Richard thanked Fran for her interesting talk.

Fran Taylor regaled Swan Hills about travelling the world on tall ships and the positive changes it can provide. An inspiring, uplifting story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swan Hills Observatory Visit

Swan Hills ventured out to Bickley Valley this Friday for a picnic and tour of the Perth Observatory. Wonderful day for star gazing and learning about the research they are doing on the sun.

Cruising European Canals

Member Peter thanked Ian for his inspiring talk.

Ian Deany teased Swan Hills travel starved group with wonderful tales of cruising around the canals of Europe. A delightful break from the COVID-19 reality of today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jandamarra

Member Niels thanks Janice for the thought provoking talk.

Janice Brooks reprised the story of Jandamarra for Swan Hills highlighting the harsh realities and rough justice of early settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swan Hills does Croquet

Swan Hills were introduced to the intricacies of Croquet at Bayswater today. The afternoon tea put on by the club was just as awesome.

The Ten Pound Pom

Secretary Catherine thanked Tony for contribution.

Swan Hills was treated to Tony Harding’s life journey from Southampton to his success in Swan View Australia. His self depreciating style added enormously to the enjoyment of the afternoon. A fascinating tale well told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dating

Chair Tony thanks Niels for his interesting and enlightening talk.

Despite the double entendre Niels ran Swan Hills through the many and varied ways scientists are able to date things as diverse as stars, rocks, fossils and objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years On

Chair Tony thanks Denise for her amazing work

Denise Beer led Swan Hills through the phenomenon that was the Beatles  complete with major hits and personal insights. Wonderful afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Telecommunications

John is thanked by member Richard.

Swan Hills returned for 2021 and enjoyed an interesting talk by John Paskulish of the WA Historical Telecommunications Society  on the History of Telecommunications on Friday. John took us on a fascinating tour through telecommunications history in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Swan Hills Commences in 2021

Swan Hills kicked off 2021 with a delightful lunch at Oakover Winery in the Swan Valley.

Swan Hills Xmas Lunch

Swan Hills final social lunch for the year at Parkerville Tavern. Good time had by all.Swan Hills looks forward to seeing all members back in 2021.

New Swan Hills Chair

Maxine Woods, Tony Harding and Denise Beer

U3A Perth Chair, Denise Beer and outgoing Swan Hills Chair, Maxine Woods, congratulate new Swan Hills Chair Tony Harding on his election at Friday’s AGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnivorous Plants

Paul Higgins shared his passion and enthusiasm for carnivorous plants with Swan Hills on Friday, complete with pictures and numerous specimens. An interesting insight into this specialist plant form. Here he is thanked by member Robyn.