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.



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 Ken Johns)

Seamus Baker 2016
Existentialism for Living
Marisa Baldassi


Italian Continuing
Italian for Beginners
Evaristo Barrera


Maintenance (Hatha) Yoga
Eleanor Baxter


Introduction to the ABG
Gems in the Adelaide Botanic Garden

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


Kay Bennetts 2016
Current Film Club 4th Tuesday
Pleasures of Reading Halifax
Jennifer Birve


Spring Walk in the Waite

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


Joei Cole


For several years since retiring from a hectic business life and, following the artistic inclination of my grandmother and brother, I have undertaken intensive study and practice in drawing and painting in watercolour. I have a  particular interest in colour and light in landscape and townscape.  My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout South Australia and I have won a number of awards. I am a member of the Burnside Painting Group and also have my own studio where I do one-on-one tutoring on the techniques of watercolour.



Antonio Comin

Antonio Comin (born Cornuda, Italy, 9.10.1933) migrated with his family to Australia in 1936.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Università degli Studi di Firenze. He taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) before joining Flinders University in 1970 as Professor of Italian, a post he retained until his retirement in 1996.

His main teaching and research areas have been Italian, Italian Dialectology, and Traditional Italian Culture. He has been and continues to be active in promoting Italian theatre as a performer, director and writer

Tales from the Decameron
Shakespeare's Operas


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 ).
Class and private tutor in English to French personnel at le Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône), France

I have lived in France for a total or nearly 4 years and my only daughter was born at Aix-en-Provence, France

French Pot Pourri


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


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


Giuilo Eliseo  

Italian - Beginners


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

Romance Tragedy
Sing Australian 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
Power in the Medieval World

Barry Fitzpatrick  

Reflections on Islam


Peter Franklin  

Chinese Mandarin
(with Zheng De Han)


Sue Garforth


Latin Continuing
Spanish Beginners
The Palace of Westminster
English Civil War

Sue Gilchrist


Succulents and Cacti Walk

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

Jenny Gregson 2016
Drawing without Fear
John Griffiths 2016
Art and Mixed Media (with Leonie Pike)
Bridge (with Beatrice Howarth)
Art for Pleasure (with Leonie Pike)

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

Gwenda Helsham

A Night to Remember
Shakespeare in Performance
Cinema Studies


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


Helen Howe

Greta Garbo Monday
Great Garbo Friday
What a Year!
Leave 'Em Laughing!
Cinema Studies


Travis James

Travis is an Electronics Technician. He has been a Section Manager in the disability area. A Sales Manager, an Account Manager and also worked as a counsellor. Small business start-up mentor for the SA Enterprise Workshop. Before his retirement he was the Project Manager for Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD) and now volunteers modifying toys and equipment for children and people living with disabilities.

He is the Vice President of the SA Theosophical Society and is the South Australian Coordinator and National Secretary for the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) – the charity arm of the Theosophical Society. 

He has written two full length novels along with many short stories and is currently working on his third novel. As a Technical Writer he wrote two instruction manuals for the Australian Navy’s LADS Project and several user manuals for industry.  He is a member of the Marion Writers Group.

PowerPoint: How to Use It

Cheryl John

Born and bred in Adelaide and having travelled for most of my life, I began my working life as a secondary teacher in English and Drama and then changed direction into travel in 1999.  I have owned my own business since 2012.

I have travelled extensively touching six continents and in very many travel styles.  I have a travel blog called travelwithcheryl.wordpress.com and I love helping clients tailor make their perfect holiday experience. I look forward to sharing my experience, knowledge and expertise along with some tips and tricks to help you travel with confidence.

Travel with Confidence

Ken Johns

Ken’s professional career was in business management in South Australia, mainly in the electrical industry.   

For many years he also conducted (part time) various management classes and Professional Development courses for various Management Consultants in Adelaide, on topics including negotiation skills, time management and marketing management. 

Ken is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.  

Since his retirement, he has pursued a number of other interests in both Philosophy and Psychology.  Ken is currently a Tutor in both of these topics. He is also a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Freud and Jung
Philosophy Discussion Group 1 & 2
(with Lyn Arden)


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 https://triplecsa.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Joy of Android
Thinking About an Android?

June Littleford
Plants of the Bible
Ana Luthe  

Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Let's Speak Spanish



Mac Macdonald -Frederick R. M. (Mac) Macdonald 

I was born in NZ in 1936 and received my early education in Auckland before  travelling with my parents to the UK in early 1945. My secondary and tertiary education was in London at Westminster School and London University.  
I was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1960, and came to SA in 1961. 
I am a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and have held pastorates at Warradale Park, Strathalbyn, Croydon/Kilkenny, Kent Town, Goodwood and Glenelg.

I first joined U3A, in 2001.  Previously I had done some lecturing with Adult Education, WEA and at Glenelg’s “College for Seniors”.

I am married to Margaret and we have two adult children.     
I  enjoy gardening, computing, listening to classical music, travel & study of the fine arts.
Current memberships include the Adelaide Society of Collectors, my local historical society & Probus.      
I am also a Telecross Volunteer for Red Cross. 

I have travelled extensively through Europe, NZ, Australia, South America and Russia and have a special love for Italy and the British Isles. 

An architect father instilled into me an interest in architecture and over the years I have developed my interest in music and the fine arts.

In the past I was a committee member and the second President of the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society and also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the Norwood Kitchen.

Since retirement I have been involved in Interim Ministry at Thames, NZ and at Kent Town, Payneham Road & other churches.   At Illoura Homes, I ran a Conversation Club for residents Christian Meditation group.

Rags to Riches - Then the Scaffold


Maria Macdonald

Italian Conversation Tuesday
Italian Conversation Thursday


Rose Mawby
Dr. Schomburgk's Garden (with Gillian Symons)
A Royal Walk (with Gillian Symons)

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

Sharon Mosler

While undertaking a PhD in history at the University of Adelaide, Sharon tutored in several subjects, including Australian and European history, and the history of food and drink.  She also tutored in a history of architecture subject in 1989.  Her book, Heritage Politics in Adelaide, was published after many years as a heritage activist. Sharon has lectured at U3A Adelaide since 2014

European Architecture to 1900

Pam Norman  

Gallery Insights 1, 2, 3
La Citta Rossa


Leonie Pike

Art and Mixed Media
(with John Griffiths)
Art For Pleasure (with John Griffiths)

Lyn Porter  

Circle Dancing for Fun
(with Abi Thonemann)


Bob Rabbitt

For the Record
(with Adriaan van der Wyst)

Barrie Redman

Introduction to Excel
Introduction to the Internet

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
German for Beginners

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

John Slaytor  

Spanish Language and Culture


David Smith
Wine Exploring
Bob Stanford
Photography with Purpose

Peter Stanford

I was born in Birmingham, U.K. and migrated to Australia with my parents (turning 6 on the ship). We settled in Adelaide where I attended the Croydon Primary and Woodville High Schools. Work commenced with my father as a house painter, then 5 years in the S.A. Railways. Called up for National Service I served in the Australian Army as an infantryman in Papua New Guinea and South Vietnam.

On return to civilian life I became a Police Officer for the next 34 years, serving in Adelaide, Port Augusta, Gladstone, Naracoorte and retired in 2001 as the Officer in Charge, Millicent Police Station.

In retirement, I am involved with the R.S.L., Adelaide Legacy, 2 choirs, 2 militaria collecting organisations and the Lutheran Church. My wife Brigitte and I, have 3 successful children and 7 wonderful grandchildren (to keep us out of mischief).
I have an interest in Australian military history as a result of my active military service.

History of Military Uniforms

Julanne Sweeney

Shakespeare Play Reading

Gillian Symons 2016
Aboriginal Plants and Culture
Dr. Schomburgk's Garden
(with Rose Mawby)
A Royal Walk
(with Rose Mawby)


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)
From St Nicholas to Father Christmas

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)


Richard Wagner Society SA 2016
Wagner Ring Cycle
Steve Walsh 2016
Flights of Fantasy
Science Fiction Cinema
Cinema Studies
Ann Warner
French Intermediate
Michele Warren
Tai Chi / Qigong 1
Tai Chi / Qigong 2


David Wilson

David has been involved with adult education for most of his life, and continues to struggle to understand the rapid advances being made in technology and to choose what is relevant to him.  His interests include: education, the English language, choral singing, SA colonial history, genealogy, computers and petanque.
His qualifications include:-
B.F.E.T. (Further Education and Training) and M.T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


Genealogy: Computers and Internet


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