HISTORY

 

 

U3A (University of the Third Age) originally started in 1972 in France and the aim is to offer interesting and informal courses as well as other cultural activities such as outings and lunches. In 1986 Walter Eacott founded the so-called "Retired Persons of Werribee", and it soon became the wish of a number of those members to start up a U3A group in Werribee. At that stage, the nearest U3A group was in Footscray and towards the end of the 1980's we joined in classes there for a couple of years, until finally we decided to set up our own U3A Werribee group. So in January 1992 we who were living in what was then called the City of Werribee, called an interest meeting to gauge support for starting up our own branch of U3A and there was was an enthusiastic response. By February of that year we had become set up with 35 members, running classes in history, psychiatry, calligraphy, art and current affairs.

We are now one of many other similar U3A groups who meet and run various courses and social acivities for retired and semi retired people through out Victoria. See: U3A Network Victoria

Nowadays U3A Werribee members meet at the Hoppers Crossing Sports Club in Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing for most of our courses. The tutors are members of U3A who share their particular skills with other members and we now have about 220 members. We are managed by a committee of volunteers elected by the members.

The third age refers to that stage of life that follows after the earlier stages of youth and also work/home-making periods of life.