U3A Browns Bay Inc formed in June 2000

Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Frances Walsh

May Speaker:  Frances Walsh

Tough men, delicate handiwork: 

Frances Walsh has had a long career in journalism, including writing for Metro magazine where she was also Books & Art Editor. Past books include her 2011 social history Inside Stories: A History of the New Zealand Housewife 1890-1975, and Endless Sea:

Stories told through the taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum "Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa" published in 2020. She has also worked as a teacher and trade unionist.

Frances is currently the inhouse writer and researcher at the NZ Maritime Museum.

In this talk she discusses the embroideries stitched by merchant seamen in the Victorian era.

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Overview of our Monthly Meetings
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.

The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.

Sometimes the sessions are reversed to suit the Guest Speaker.