Opportunities for lifelong learning, guest speakers, study groups, and social interaction.  All are welcome!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July at 9.30 am at the St Heliers Church & Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Road.

Our main speaker Gray Cameron will share his knowledge on the Pitcairn Trials

Gray graduated in law from the University of Auckland and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in late 1968. He then practised law in Auckland for over 50 years, initially as a partner in two legal firms, and then from 1999 as a Barrister. After serving on a number of Law Society subcommittees and holding the position of Chair of the Handicapped Child’s Appeal Board for several years from 1978, he was elected a Council Member of the Auckland District Law Society from 1985 – 95, serving as Vice President for the last two years. He was the founding Chairman of the New Zealand Law Society Family Law Committee (later the Family Law Section) from 1987-89, a Council Member of the NZLS 1992-95, and a member of the Executive Board of NZLS 1995-99 with portfolio responsibility for Family Law and Legal Services. In 1994 he was appointed a Trustee of the NZ Law Foundation and was Chair of the Foundation from 1998 until 2005. He was a member by invitation of the Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia, and in September 2000 was invited to accept Fellowship of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers based in England, serving as Vice President of the Academy from 2008-11.

In 1999, Gray was appointed by the British Government as a Senior Magistrate of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, and presided over the preliminary hearings up to and including committal of the accused for trial on the serious criminal charges of sexual violation that followed. Subsequently he held full warrants in the Civil, Criminal, and Family jurisdictions and sat as a member of the Pitcairn Parole Commission until mandatory retirement at age 72.

His address will cover the background to the offences which occurred, the circumstances that lead to the first formal Court hearings on the Island for over 100 years, the events that unfolded, and examine the lessons that can be learned from the tragic events that transpired.

This will be followed by morning tea.

All our welcome to join us.  No admission charge.

Read our 2024 July Newsletter

A membership application form is available on the U3A website: www.stheliersu3aauckland.com for those wishing to become members.


Contact Details
Name: Jill Towers
Email: u3astheliers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.stheliersu3aauckland.com /

Session Times:

1st Wednesday of the month 9:30 to 11:30am

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