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BEAUDESERT U3A Inc © Beaudesert U3A inc March 2011

Beaudesert U3A Inc was established in March 2011, the first courses starting that month.

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Member of U3A Network Queensland

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ABN 88 945 460 759

Contact address:

Beaudesert U3A Inc

P.O. Box 561
Beaudesert, Qld, 4285
Ph: 0408 801780

Email: u3abeaudesert@gmail.com

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Office Bearers:

Andy Fechner

Vice President
Lise Leatherbarrow

Yvonne Berry

Helen Atkinson

Committee members:

Course Co-ordinator
Laurel Fechner

Membership Secretary and
Assistant Treasurer

Michele Goucher

Publicity Officer
Cheryl Folley

Yvonne Berry

George Evans

Social Activities Facilitators
Di Johnson
Pat Millard

Facebook Co-ordinator
Finella Loch

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Dates - Activities

B.U.G.s Latest News.
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Term 4 starts Tuesday 8th October 2019 and ends on Friday 13th December 2019.

Queensland School Term Dates for 2019 can be found on the Contents Page.

Next Committee Meeting
Friday 29th November 2019 10.00am Venue 12/61-85 Brisbane St (RSL Sub Branch Upstairs).

Important Notices

U3A Network
The official (New) U3A Network website is up and running with a link to Network News, the home page of the website and also Facebook:

click here to go to U3A State Web Network News

click here to go to U3A State Web Site

Click here to go to U3A State Website Facebook Page

Click here to go to Brisbane U3A Web Site

Next Social Lunch Outing

To be arranged

(Please read page three of O.W.L.s U3A Newsletter for details).
RSVP to Di ASAP Email - candyroxy1946@gmail.com Phone/text - 0468 849 448

New Groups and Recessions
A number of new groups have started, due to seasonal changes, some have gone into recess and some restarted. For more information, please go to the time table for term 4 in the contents page.

Click here for Mount Tamborine April Newsletter and Courses

Beaudesert Tennis Club Some of our members belong to the local Beaudesert Tennis Club. By reciprocal arrangement and for the benefit of members, we have agreed to a link between our Web Sites click here to go to Beaudesert Tennis Club Web Site


The University of the Third Age is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars and artists, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

The overall aim of Beaudesert U3A Inc. is to provide the members with both the stimulus of mental and physical activity and the satisfaction of a continuing contribution to society. It will enable them to take up new interests and to extend old ones. It will offer the joy of learning for the sake of learning: it will open up new horizons for them - unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications, and it will do so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of the members. It is a mutual aid self-help movement - a modern community of scholars, catering primarily for people in the Third Age of their lives.

Beaudesert U3A promotes the joy of learning for the sake of learning, and seeks to open up new horizons for its members unrestricted by the requirements of vocation or the desire for qualifications. It does so, principally by drawing upon the extensive life experience, skills and energies of members.

The history of U3A and how they operate is on this page.

membership growth

 Cheryl Folley
 U3A Publicity Officer

Boggo Road Gaol visit

If you weren’t there, you should have been! That was the opinion of the 30 or so U3A members and friends who joined our bus trip to Boggo Road Gaol recently. Undoubtedly, we all felt a sense of great relief that we weren’t (a) criminals even in modern times and (b) especially criminals in the heyday of this fortress-type prison.

Today the remaining wing of the once-overflowing gaol is made available for tours and even fully-catered celebrations including weddings! But there’s no escaping the sense of enclosure that greets visitors as they step into the reception hall with its old prison bell and the warning that anyone who illegally rings it – and can’t pay the two-shilling fine – will be subject to 100 lashes. We had an excellent guide Kim, whose sense of humour and constant narrative gave us all a good look at HM”s prison as it used to be.

The first gaol buildings opened in 1883 and a women’s block was added later. The cells measured around 2m X 2.5m , big enough for one bed, a toilet bucket and a rough table, but as gaol numbers increased, many cells held up to three prisoners at once. Imagine being confined there from around 5 pm to 6 am, sharing the toilet bucket and probably not able to have a warm shower the next day….

Women prisoners in general were imprisoned for lesser crimes and served shorter sentences than males, but as Kim said, the population increased markedly just before Christmas as the women on conviction were guaranteed a bed, clothing and Christmas dinner, all more than many of them would have had on the outside. But the first murderess, Florence MacDonald, created a different vibe when she arrived, having murdered her 15-year-old stepdaughter by starvation and torture. She could not be let loose in the courtyard while other prisoners were out, and they were all confined when she was given exercise time as feelings ran so high. (But apparently years later, quoting the Bible, she was released and led a blameless life).

Cheryl Folley

Boggo Group

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U3A's Jigsaw Library is a mental challenge!

Jigsaw History

Jigsaw History    
   Cheryl Folley

Beaucare Bus Trip information.

For the convenience of U3A members Beaucare Bus trip information has been included on a separate page. Please make bookings through the Telephone number listed on that page. Beaucare Bus Trips

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