Tutors at U3A

Life Members


Below are some profiles of our current tutors at U3A Adelaide. They come from a variety of backgrounds with experience gained from employment, life skills or academia.
No matter what their background, all of our tutors come with a love and knowledge of their subject area and a desire to share it with others - for which 'we others' are forever grateful.

If you know of anyone who has skills they would be willing to share, please get them to contact U3A.

Ron Allan

In the Footsteps of Flinders & Baudin



Lynette Arden

My training:

BA (Hons in Geography 11A) from UNE 1964 included 3 years of English study. I have had work (mostly poetry) published in many magazines both in print and on line in Australia and overseas. I won the haiku competition run by Friendly St poets in 2008  http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=6&paged=3

 I also have an Honours 11A degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool UK and have material displayed on line by the Liverpool Museum, where I am one of their 800 lives. http://www.eighthundredlives.org.uk/lives/lynettearden.aspx?JS=1

I belong to the Society of Women Writers and coordinate the SA Haiku Group.

I am a long term Volunteer at the Adelaide Zoo.

As far as the Philosophy Discussion group goes, my only qualification is first year Philosophy. as part of my UNE degree, and being of an enquiring disposition.

I run a couple of information blogs on the Internet dealing with environmental and wildlife issues. These may be found on my personal website and on the Community Links section of U3A. The blogs are reference blogs only to articles on line. I don’t always have time to keep these up to date.

I designed and run the website for  the Kensington& Norwood Writers’ Group. http://www.norwoodwriters.com/writers-pages/Lynette_Arden.html, along with the web site of the Kensington & Norwood Historical Society. http://www.kensingtonandnorwoodhistoricalsociety.com/

Writers Workshop Group
Philosophy Discussion Group
1 & 2  (with Athena Zaknik)

Tony Ashdown 2016
We Save Lives
Marisa Baldassi


Italian Continuing
Italian for Beginners
Evaristo Barrera


Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga

Judith Barrett

Judy has degrees in science and psychology and has done research in areas of psychophysiology.  But it has not only been about science as she also has strong interests in films, books, opera … and even some genres of metal music.

She discovered U3A Adelaide at the beginning of 2009 and promptly enrolled in courses in German language and cinema.  During 2013 she began co-ordinating Current Film Club at very short notice.

Mind/Body Health



Andrew Bear

 Andrew Bear is a graduate of Melbourne and Monash Universities and spent three years as a post graduate student at the University of Birmingham. His main career was as Senior Lecturer in English at Flinders University, but he also taught at Monash and Adelaide Universities  and at the then Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

 He has no qualifications in French and never, even in his wildest dreams, imagined himself as a teacher of French.

 By the end of his working career Andrew had gradually learned to speak what he called ‘good tourist French,’ and after retirement decided to make learning French properly a priority. In this he has been more successful than he expected, although he remains realistically modest about his true francophone ability. It has been his good fortune, and to the great benefit of his French, to have been able to spend considerable time in France in recent years.

 The move from enthusiastic U3A student of French under John Davies, Tony Coomb and Esther Mazel to teaching beginners’ French himself was by accident, not design. There was a vacancy and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend his classes, and while this lasts he is happy to continue.

 So far, he seems to know more than they do, but he fears that one day, someone will ask a question that is altogether out of his range. That will be when he hands over! Meanwhile, he enjoys the new challenge of teaching French, and is in awe of the intelligence, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students.

French Breakthrough


Helen Bills

Scandinavian Waterways

Kay Bennets 2016
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday

Roger Bills

Japan - Blossoms and Castles

Helen Brooks  

Walking in Europe


Valda Casucci

I was born in Australia of Italian parents and studied Italian in Perugia, Italy.  It was there I met my Italian husband and I lived in Italy for 18 months.  In Australia, I taught at St Mary's College for many years.

I cannot remember when I began my connection with U3A Adelaide but I think it was about 2004.  It was Paula Hennig that suggested I offer a course in Italian and the rest is history.

I love the Italian language; I love teaching and I love people.

Italian Continuing to Wander

Lesley Clarke


Poetry Reading


Tony Coombe

Tertiary Academic Qualifications:-

Diplôme d’Etudes de Civilisation française- Sorbonne, Université de Paris, France
Honours Bachelor Degree in French language and Literature- University of Adelaide, SA
Doctorat d’Université- Université d’Aix-Marseille, France

Previous Teaching experience:-

Secondary school teaching to Year 12 at: Scotch College, Mitcham, SA; Adelaide High School; Sacred Heart College; Marbury School, Aldgate, SA.
Lecturer in French Massey University, NZ; Lecturer in French University of New England, NSW
Tutor in French at University of SA; Tutor at University of 3rd Age, Adelaide Inc. (10 years ).

French Pot Pourri


Matt Cottrell 2016
History of the Telephone

Coralie Creevey

After obtaining a Master of Arts History from UNSW in the 1980s, I worked in various professions until, since retirement, I’ve had more time for art, music and good literature. These restore one’s faith in human goodness and creativity which The News can undermine.  I’d like to share with interested people  my knowledge of some of the most beautiful and enduring art of Western civilisation over the last 500 years.

Pleasures of Reading
European Art since 1500

Vincenzo Curro 2016
Italian Advanced


Dace Darzins
German Advanced Conversation
Trevor Dean  

French Introductory Conversation


Carolyn Deane 2016
Drawing and Painting
(with Susila Paiani)
Simon Degeling

French Perspective Française
(with Laure Vincent-Allard)


Don Drake

I became a member of U3A Adelaide when Colin Lawton was forming it and immediately became a tutor. Initially, I formed a class in Current Affairs with Colin and after a period of time I took over the class on my own.

I went on to teach Physical Geography, concentrating on meteorology and geomorphology.

I have always been interested in Cinema, and in 1994, I began a class in Cinema Studies.  Thus class has been held ever since.

My actual teaching of Cinema Studies began in 1969, when I tried to interest my Leaving English class in watching good cinema instead of accepting the poor quality of the average film.  The library of the SA Film Corporation began collecting 16mm copies of film suitable for study, and these were made available.  I also organized film evenings for adults, and ran film making weekends at my school, with the help of others who came from Adelaide.

Although I have academic qualifications in English, I do not have any qualifications in Cinema Studies.  Such courses did not exist at University when I was a student.  However, there can be a close relationship between film and novels and I always emphasize this.  I am, however, self taught in the subject, and I have done much research, and I hope that I manage.

Cinema Studies


John Eastaff 2016
Mah Jong


Colleen Eddie

Colleen is a private, practising psychologist who has lived and worked in UK and Canada and at the RAH as health educator.

She has had a long time involvement  with adult computer class learning and is interested in on line learning such as Coursera and MOOCS-Massive Open Online Courses.

Her interests include geology, computing and travel.

Re-reading Old Favourites

Laurie Eddie

Laurie has a B.A. degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology and has also attained an Associate Diploma of Business and Training Development. A retired psychologist, Laurie is also a hypnotherapist and is Secretary of Skeptics (SA). 

Laurie's interests are many and varied and include:- Altered States of Consciousness, Alternative Medicine; Anomalous Experiences; Biblical Research, Bible Mythology; Divination, Fortune Telling; Folklore; Hauntings, Hypnosis; Meditation; Mystical Energies; Mythology; New Age; Numinous experiences;, Parapsychology; Primitive Magic; Psychic Powers; Psychology; Supernatural; Religions; UFO’s; Urban Myths; Witchcraft.

Introduction to Skepticism
Origins of Religious Beliefs
Stories of the Nativity

Giuilo Eliseo  

Italian - Beginners


David Esterhuizen

David retired after 40 years teaching.  He was a primary school teacher, but spent several tears teaching adults.

His interests include:- music, history, the English language and its history, politics and continuing his own education.


Latin an Introduction


David Evans

David Evans discovered Real Tennis at the Hobart Real tennis Club( home club of the current world Champion Robert Fahey) in 1970, and played there for nearly thirty years. He has played on several courts in England and France, and is keen to promote interest in the game in South Australia. 

Sing Old Songs

Don Fenton
bulletAlways interested in nearly everything!
bulletLeft school at 15 years of age. Too busy reading to pay attention in class!
bulletGained Horticultural qualifications as a teenager.
bulletStudied Art (Oil painting) at the same time.
bulletWorked as itinerant labourer for many years, including ditch-digging, privately teaching music, landscape-gardening, folk-singing, cane cutting, teaching Horticulture in an Agricultural College, factory work of a variety of kinds, or whatever presented itself at the time.
bulletGained a B.A. from the University of Queensland with a double-major in Government (that’s Politics!), a major in History, a major in Classics and Ancient History, and some stray Economics.
bulletAchieved a B.A. Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Adelaide.
bulletAwarded an M.A. in Politics by the University of Adelaide.
bulletTaught 1st Year Politics and Political Philosophy [my specialty] at the Flinders University of South Australia.
bulletCame to U3A when I first heard about this new organization in 1987, at an Adelaide University function of some sort.
bulletBegan presenting courses for Adelaide U3A in 1988. The first course was Political Ideologies. I experimented with a variety of courses before eventually settling down to the present format, which has been current for some time.

The Romans

Peter Franklin  

Chinese Mandarin
(with Zheng De Han)


Sue Garforth


Latin Continuing
Spanish Beginners
The Palace of Westminster

Pat Greet

Having travelled around France from an early age, my enthusiasm for the country led me to live and work there for 12 years -- Although no formal qualifications in the language, I also applied my French for more than 5 years whilst working in an International Organisation in The Netherlands. 

The city of romance played its role, as it was in Paris that I met my future husband from South Australia. 

The class is very informal and we chat about everything from current affairs, to areas in France, and of course – food and wine.  Aimed at inspiring everyone to participate and have the courage to speak, a reasonable command of the language is suggested.

French Let's Talk French

John Griffiths 2016
Art and Mixed Media (with Leonie Pike)
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)

Penelope Hackett-Jones

Penelope Hackett-Jones was encouraged to use a debased form of English while growing up in an Adelaide suburb:  "googy" for egg, "geegee" for horse, "bunny" for rabbit, etc. As a teenage act of rebellion against this frightful early experience, at the age of 14 she developed a passion for correct English, which still inflames her today, and which she soon carried over into other languages. She was able to learn Latin and French at school, and while pretending to do Maths homework taught herself Italian and Russian, using the Hugo's "Teach Yourself a Language in 3 Months" textbooks.

Her first paid employment was as a Greek-English translator for a subversive press-cutting agency in Athens, at the time of the military junta. Returning to Australia she qualified as a teacher, something slightly less dangerous, and taught French, Latin and Modern Greek for many years.

After retiring to raise a family, she joined U3A where she teaches Beginners' French, and is at present studying Arabic in private. Penelope believes in mandatory imprisonment for the incorrect use of English in public, particularly for the inaccurate placing of the apostrophe, and for the pretentious use of Italian in restaurant menus.

 French Beginners 1 & 2

Zheng De Han
Chinese Mandarin
(with Peter Franklin)
Joelie Hancock
Play Reading
David Harris 2016
Wine Exploring

Glen Heinrich

Born at Mount Barker, he spent his primary school years on King Island. He attended Findon and later Woodville High Schools, and after some years working went to Adelaide Teachers' College and Adelaide University. Educated in Economics and Teaching, he was seconded to the newly formed ADP Services Section of the Education Department to help develop the first computerised Teachers Payroll System.

A career in computing eventuated and included teaching at the Bendigo Institute of Technology; training with the Commonwealth Department of Health; software development with International Computers, and a longish career in a variety of roles in SA Health in it's various incarnations.

A major 'out of work interest' was and is the Australian Computer Society, where he has served the SA Branch for almost forty years, and was the longest running National Treasurer, and a member of the National Management Committee for twenty years.  He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of that Society.

He has conducted a discussion group "Let's Keep Talking" at U3A for five years, and regularly screens short seasons of documentary films. He also chairs “Help With Your Computer” which is usually held in each session.

A keen traveller, he has presented a number of one-off travel sessions, most recently "Trans Mongolian Railway", with "Christmas Markets in Europe" coming up this year.

His interests are many and varied and, apart from family, include travel, cinema, stocks and shares, computing, current affairs, and reading both fiction and non-fiction.

Glen was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) on Australia Day, 2013 for service to the information technology industry

Four Documentaries, No Theme
Let's Keep Talking


Gwenda Helsham

A Night to remember
Shakespeare in Performance


Keith Hempton

Keith was firstly a Modern Language Teacher (French and German at Sydney Grammar School) and then, for over 20 years, a professional singer.  He sang principal roles with the major opera companies in Australia, including Opera Australia and the State Opera Companies of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. He sand with such conductors as Mark Elder, Carlo Felice Cillario, Myer Fredman and Barry Tuckwell. He was the bass with the Song Company (Australia's only professional classical vocal ensemble) from 1986 - 91.

From 1991 he was Lecturer in Charge of Wollongong Conservatorium and from 1995 until 2008 was Head of vocal Studies and Co-ordinator of the Honours Performance Programme at the Elder Conservatorium within the University of Adelaide.

Keith has taken early retirement with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.  He also hopes to have the opportunity to adjudicate, lecture and examine.  Over the years he has acquired a vast experience and knowledge of classical music (he is also a trained radio presenter) and would like to find the opportunity to make challenging use of his particular skills.

French Vive la France


Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth is a graduate of Alexandria (Egypt) and Australian National Universities in Languages (Ancient Greek, French and English) and spent two years as a post graduate student at the University of New England doing research in Modern Greek literature. She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French, Italian and English. She has studied Arabic for many years and is fascinated by Asian and Arabic cultures. Her main career was as a Librarian at the Australian National University, London School of Economics and University of New England. In Adelaide she has worked for the Tertiary Education Authority, the Education Department of SA and the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission. 

Since she retired she rekindled her love for Greek studies and did a course of Ancient Greek Philosophers at Adelaide University. 

It has been her good fortune, and to the great benefit of her fluency in languages to have been able to spend considerable time in England, France, Italy and Greece in recent years. 

The move from U3A student to teaching Modern Greek for Travellers was due to the encouragement of Margaret Clark and Sue Lea. There was a vacancy for somebody to teach Greek and no one better-qualified volunteered to fill it. Enough students find it worth their while to attend her classes, and while this lasts she is happy to continue. She believes that learning language opens the door to understanding the culture of a particular people and it can become a lifelong passion for travelling, music, food and ideas. 

She enjoys the new challenge of teaching Greek, and is encouraged by the enthusiasm, support, friendliness and seriousness of U3A students and staff.

(with John Griffiths)
Syria and Its Neighbours
The Tsipras Phenomenon


Geoff Howe


Germany Calling!
Home Front

Helen Howe

Greta Garbo Monday
Great Garbo Friday
What a Year!

Ken Johns

Freud and Jung


Magrit Johnson

French - Continuing

Jeannie Klopper

The Art of Performance

Stefan Kreslin

I have been interested in PCs since the early 80’s with my first PC being a Dick Smith System 80. I worked in the Australian Public Service for over 30 years. Much of that time was spent in the corporate services area and to a larger or lesser extent there was always an IT aspect to that work.

During that time I developed expertise in a range of software packages including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, mapping software (Mapinfo) and graphics programs (Corel Draw and Paintshop Pro).

More recently, since my retirement, I have been running ACS’s TripleC Computer club.  The club’s aims are to promote computer literacy in the general community.  Sessions are held 3 times a week and cover a broad range of topics. The sessions are free and open to all comers. Visit our experimental Blog at http://triplecsa.fhost.com.au/Blog/ for more information.

Joy of Android
Thinking About an Android?

Ana Luthe  

Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Let's Speak Spanish


Michael Mathew

In his first life Michael was a mechanical engineer, lecturer, consultant and manager.  His major hobby was bookbinding, although more recently he has also taken up weaving and braiding. 

Michael and his wife, Beatrix, moved to Adelaide after he retired in 2000 and they promptly joined U3A.  Michael has tutored in Finance for Seniors and Bookbinding (history and practical sessions) and has given some talks on out of the way travel destinations, the History of Playing Cards, Waterfalls, etc.

Jointly with Beatrix has has tutored the card games May I? and Mah Jong.  He was active in the now defunct 'Computer Club' and arranged a series of talks on Public Utilities.  In the early 2000's, Michael was, for three years, the Treasurer for U3A Adelaide.

The Best Waterfalls


Maria Macdonald

Italian Conversation Tuesday
Italian Conversation Thursday


Pauline McCreery

Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before.  I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to learning croquet, to learning French, to..........you name it!  I love theatre, reading, good food and wine and being a grandmother.  I became the webmaster for U3A Adelaide five years ago as well as serving on both the Programme and the General Committees, I continue with these commitments.  From March 2011 - March 2013 I was President of U3A Adelaide. I am now the delegate for U3A Adelaide at U3A South Australia, the peak body for U3A in South Australia. I am also webmaster for U3A South Australia and serve on some of their committees. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching.

Start Your Photobook

Margaret Milford  


Ann Mitchell 2016
Port Adelaide History Tour
Pam Norman  

Gallery Insights 1, 2, 3
La Citta Rossa


Susila Palani 2016
Drawing and Painting
(with Carolyn Deane)
Chris Perriman 2016
Beaumont House Visit


Leonie Pike

Art and Mixed Media
(with John Griffiths)

Lyn Porter  

Circle Dancing for Fun
(with Abbi Thonemann)


Ken Prouse

French and the French Level 1
French and the French Level 2

Bob Rabbitt

For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)

Anne Rees 2016
Recorder Group
Evelyn Robertson
Current Film Club 1
Irene Schmidt
German Let's Talk German

Waltraud Schmidt

Before moving from Germany to Adelaide in 1992, I taught German, English and Geography at the German-French High School in Freiburg.
While living in the USA for a few years in the early eighties, I had the opportunity to learn how to make pottery. By now I have managed to make all my own crockery (and quite a lot of my friends).

In 1995 I joined the WEA and taught German from ‘Beginners’ to ‘Advanced Conversation’ until 2010.  In 2013 I started to teach ‘German for Beginners’ at U3A.

I have also been a tour guide at the South Australian Museum for the past 20 years.

German III

Renate Shanahan

I was born in Germany and lived there during my school years, came to Australia in 1957 and got married to an Australian in 1958.
After spending some years building a house and having a family, I entered the Sturt Teachers College, later incorporated into Flinders University, as a mature age student and trained to become a teacher of German and  Religious Education, while working part time as an emergency teacher.

Having achieved my B.Ed., I taught in several high schools at all levels for a total of 22 years. After my retirement I spent my time catching up on my hobbies, quilting, singing in a choir, practicing Yoga, walking in a group and also with my dog. One day, one of my walking friends, who was attending courses in the U3A asked, whether I was willing to tutor  Advanced German there, since the present tutor was ill. I said yes - this was in 2005, and I am still here.

My aim in teaching German here is to make this subject interesting and fun at the same time.

German Middle & Advanced

Gabrielle Scherrer

My life in music has been very varied; I was teaching violin in my teens, but started my official studies after leaving school. I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the performer’s course and completed my violin teaching certificate as well. My first position was with the BBC Scottish Orchestra, which was daunting and a huge learning curve! 

My parents then emigrated to Australia and I decided to see something of Europe. I played in a German Symphony Orchestra and then in Basel, where I met my husband, Walter. I did return to England to do a Dip Ed for classroom music teaching but then went back to Basel to get married.

In 1990 we decided to emigrate for various reasons and I got a job in Albany WA teaching all the strings in all the public schools in 3 days and teaching classroom music for 2 days a week to 450 Primary School kids! There were also 2 Youth Orchestras and a school choir to conduct!  Enough said!! Luckily I could give up the classroom teaching after 7 years.

I moved to Adelaide in 2008 and have continued my varied activities including non music ones and I am enjoying the opportunities here, especially at U3A! I have often come across adults who play and sing without being able to read music. They manage extremely well and it is possible. But being able to read gives you more independence and opens up more repertoire – as does word reading – and it is possible to learn it later in life! So that is why I am offering this course “Reading Music through Singing and Percussion”.  I hope to see you there.

Reading Music for Beginners

Valerie Sitters

Valerie has immersed herself in the literature of the polar regions for over 40 years and delighted in sharing that love with innumerable groups.
She has given talks about Antarctica to historical societies, the ANARE Club and the Australian Meteorological Association and RIAus most recently. She
was formerly employed at the State Library of SA and in the Royal Geographical Society of SA Library.

Exploring the North

Surveying the Land

John Slaytor  

Spanish Language and Culture


Bob Stanford 2016
Photograhy with Purpose
Dr Tony Stimson


Breaker Morant

Bob Stone

After, twenty eight years in TAFE,  Bob left the paid workforce while holding the position of Institute Director.

Early ‘retirement’ in 1998 enabled him to follow my other two passions in life, cabinet making and archaeology. Since ‘retiring’ he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Classics), Adelaide University, Bachelor in Archaeology (First Class Honours), PhD (Historical Archaeology) Flinders University plus a Certificate III in Furnishing at TAFE. 

Since 1997, he has worked in various capacities in archaeology from volunteer to core trench supervisor with the Near Eastern Archaeological Foundation in Pella Jordan, historic sites in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory and Indigenous programs also in the Northern Territory.

Persia and Modern Iran


Julianne Sweeney

Shakespeare Play Reading

Gillian Symons 2016
Aboriginal Plants and Culture


Anne Taylor

I attended my first calligraphy course in 2000, with the intention of improving my handwriting.  I didn't know anything about calligraphy then but quickly discovered a love for this historic craft.  Since that simple beginning I have developed a love for creating words on paper and the many 'Calligraphic Hands' from European history which we can learn.  Through attending workshops given by Australian and International Calligraphers, and enrolling in the UK's Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, I have continuously worked on my craft and achieved the Intermediate level of CLAS UK Calligraphy Diploma in 2013, the formal requirement to become a calligraphy tutor with CLAS in the UK.


Abbi Thonemann  

Circle Dancing for Wellbeing
(with Lyn Porter)


Gail Umehara
Japanese Conversation


Adriaan van der Wyst

Adriaan is currently the Program Coordinator, and also takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occasional lectures on topics in the science field.

Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philosophy, history, religion and bushwalking and golf. 

For the Record
(with Bob Rabbitt)

Laure Vincent-Allard

As a free-lance consultant and lecturer, Laure has combined her wide-ranging knowledge of European Art History (24 years as a conference-guide in French Historic sites and for private companies and 15 years as an Art History teacher) with her 18-year domestic and international experience as a trainers’ supervisor and team leader.

She has a Bachelor degree in Art history and Archaeology with honours, and various diplomas and certificates in guiding/lecturing and in management. She has provided lectures, conferences, led workshops and training in both European Art and Team Leadership (from stress management to training improvement, just to name a few). She specialises in expanding creativity, challenging intellectual and emotional perspective and building self-confidence with humour and kindness.

Laura's website:- www.thewittyscope.weebly.com

French Perspective Française
(with Simon Degeling)


Steve Walsh 2016
Flights of Fantasy
Science Fiction Cinema
Ann Warner
French Intermediate
Michele Warren
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2

Rae & Murray Wilsden  

UK Gardens and Castles


Athena Zaknic

Since my retirement, I have enjoyed immensely being a member of U3A.  I find the language classes stimulating and enjoyable.  My literary interests also take to me the poetry group, play reading and, as a member of the creative writing group, I like to write both poetry and prose.

With a professional scientific and musical background, my new interests are something I have always wanted to do.  I find the mental gymnastics of philosophy challenging and, with Lyn Arden, we have an enthusiastic group of friends in the philosophy class.

Isaiah Berlin
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)
Monday Movie Club