Wollongong U3A member, Stuart Traynor, receives his award from Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner
Long-time Alice Springs resident Stuart Traynor left the cultural melting pot of Wollongong for the Northern Territory on the eve of Cyclone Tracy seeking adventure, and finding it in abundance. In the 1980s he joined the Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, a vibrant and well-funded organisation that encouraged initiative. For many years he was a weekly voice on ABC Territory Radio, raising awareness of NT flora and fauna, local history and conservation issues. He was honoured with life membership of the Australian Association for Environmental Education and recognition from the Alice Springs Town Council for his community service work. He now lives in Wollongong.
The NT Chief Minister’s History Book Award is an annual prize for “the most significant historical book about the Northern Territory published in the last 12 months”. Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, presented Stuart with the 2017 award at Parliament House in Darwin on 28 June. (The Chief Minister is equivalent to the Premier in other states.)
Stuart’s book, Alice Springs, From Singing Wire To Iconic Outback Town, tells the story of the first 100 years of white settlement in Central Australia, from 1860 until 1960: the impact on the Aboriginal people; how the iconic town of Alice Springs was born; some of its most remarkable characters; and of its ‘stolen’ children, living under the shadow of the most controversial piece of legislation in Australia’s history.
Bill Mowbray – pictured below – took photos on the recent U3A holiday.
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The performance of Romeo & Juliet was a great success! The audience loved it!
Two of our stars pictured above.
Watch this space for the announcement of more photos of our stars in our Photo Gallery
Here is a sneak preview of our actors at work
Jeanette Bond has entered the U3A record books by jumping from a plane.
There was great excitement at U3A on 27th April as Queen Elizabeth 1 visited us. She wore a magnificent outfit and graciously spent a whole hour of her time giving us some insight into her life.We are hopeful of further visits during this term as we are looking in detail at her life and times.