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Exploration, Convicts and Colonies, Stories from Australia’s Past

History
4.7 out of 5 From 99 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 3 x 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 From 99 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

The Search for the Great Southern Continent - 4th April
There was a long-held belief of the existence of a Great Southern Continent that balanced the land in the Northern Hemisphere. This led explorers to search the Pacific Ocean, coming across Australia and New Zealand in the process.

The Chance to See the World - But Not By Choice - 11th April

Modern Australians are proud of being descended from transported convicts, of whom 80% were guilty of petty offences, 15% were women, initially convicts had been sent to the Americas but after the American Revolution in 1776 to Australia. Penal colonies were established first in Sydney and then Van Diemen's Land and a third in Swan River. What had these people done and why was this thought a good idea?

From Transported Criminals to Movers & Shakers – The Making of Australia - 18th April

Many Australians are proud to trace their heritage back to the convicts who were transported in the 19th century. Many of these people who made a new life for themselves and have earned a place in history of the making of Australia becoming famous, and a few have become infamous.

  • Duration: 3 x 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Sandy

Sandy Leong has had 3 careers and is currently working on her fourth. She started her working life as a teacher, moving on to work as a training and development officer before becoming the Chief Officer of a Racial Equality Council. Seeking more work / life balance she set up a training business delivering training to a wide range of organisation all over the country and abroad (the work / life balance did not materialise!). She also undertook training qualifications as a performance coach and a counsellor.

Now she combines her lifelong passion for history as a professional speaker, speaking nationally and internationally, and as a coach and trainer working with others to help them develop their skills to reach their potential, and sneaking in a few storytelling performances.

Believing in having multiple strands creates a fulfilling life, she is also a published author, and currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a large Charity and Chair of her local museum committee, a wife, a mum, and grandparent.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 From 99 reviews