Public Lecture Series

This series of lectures covers a variety of topics presented by invited speakers who are experts in their field.

They are open to the public and members are encouraged to bring along a friend. The talks are held on the fourth Monday of the month in the U3A Hall between 2.00pm-4.00pm.  You do not have to enrol to attend these lectures. However, members are requested to enrol through MyU3A to provide an idea of numbers.

A gold coin donation to contribute to a gift for the speaker would be appreciated.


Semester 1

26 February -  Julie Marshall - "Sri Lanka: Wildlife and Culture"
This talk is about a trip made to Sri Lanka by Julie and Alan Marshall, during which time they visited a number of wildlife reserves and some historical ruins. Sri Lanka’s diverse landscapes range from rainforest to dry plains to highlands and sandy beaches. Although the country is small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia.


26 March -  Professor, The Honourable Nahum Mushin AM - "Law, Justice and Society"

The Courts have a fundamental role in our parliamentary democracy. Judicial decision making requires expertise beyond the strict application of the law. It requires judgement about people and their rights. Those judgements involve decisions about values which in turn require the application of society's standards and a consequent awareness of ethical behaviour.


23 April - Don McQueen - "The Bush Balladeer"  [$5 pay on the day]
Don McQueen's Bush Poetry recitals have become a feature of many guest speaking engagements throughout Australia. He has been acclaimed as the Bush Poet of the Year now on five different occasions. Don's passion for Australian history and poetry recitals has given rise to his invitations to perform at Australia Day, Anzac Day, ceremonies, conferences, dinners and other celebratory events for some years now.


28 May - Julian Meagher - "Managing Emergencies and Disasters in Victoria"
Black Saturday, floods, heatwaves and the Hazelwood Mine fire are recent examples of challenges where the arrangements for managing them and their impact on the community were the subject of extensive inquiry. This has led to a range of reforms in the emergency management sector to ensure that emergencies can be better coordinated and managed into the future; importantly, this places a greater emphasis on the community being at the heart of planning. This talk will look at some of the changes that have taken place to improve the management of emergencies in Victoria.   


25 June - Peter Wiltshire - "Darebin Parklands" 

Peter, Head Ranger of Darebin Parklands, will talk about the Parklands discussing its history, its future, its ecology and the issues confronting it. Peter is very passionate about the Parklands - a ‘not to be missed’ session . 



2017 Public Lecture topics  [.pdf, 1page]