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U3A Clarence Committee Members

John Bothman


John retired from Medical practice as a Specialist Clinical Pathologist in September 2022 after a 40 year career in NSW and Tasmania, with retirement being delayed for 2-3 years because of his expertise in diagnosing and managing Covid-19. Plans for overseas travel and other activities post retirement were thwarted by the sudden and unexpected death of his wife Julie in February 2023. Since then he has been in a constant battle with the banks and superannuation funds in settling Julie’s estate (still unresolved after 6 months) and learning to live without his lifelong partner (including learning to cook). John enjoys the company of his Curly coated retriever Matilda who regards Bellerive beach as her second home and the support of friends and relatives both here and interstate. Retirement has also enabled John to spend more time with reading, gardening and attending concerts with which we are so well provided in Hobart. He maintains a keen interest in news and current affairs and was a former chairman of the ABC Advisory Committee (Tas) and member of the National ABC Advisory committee. Other interests include horse racing, sailing and fly fishing for the elusive Tassie trout. 

Sue Storr


Sue retired from teaching in 2010 (mainly teaching Home Economic/Foods in grades 7 – 10) and she joined Clarence U3A in the August of that year.  Sue has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Her interests include long walks, cooking and reading.

She also works as a volunteer one day a week at her local Vinnies Shop in Sorell.

Sue and her husband, Geoff, run a small commercial apricot orchard on their land at Penna.


Len Spaans


After 30 years as an Engineer working in SA, Vic, NSW, NT, WA and Qld, I took early retirement in 1992 when together with my wife Gay and her sister Gillian, we formed a company and bought a motel in Townsville.

We moved to Tasmania in 2005 and after 16 years residing in Fern Tree and Battery Point we feel we have found our home.

I was the newsletter editor for the Sunshine Coast U3A before coming to Tasmania.

Beth Jeffrey

Social Convenor

Retired in 2018 after 53 Years in the Hairdressing Industry starting when just 15 years of age. Married to John , three children and two of the best Grandchildren one could ask for.

Beth loves gardening and Travel.



Mary Bolton

Pastoral Care

Mary has lived in Tasmania all her life-most of it on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

She attended Lindisfarne Primary Schools, Rose Bay High and Hobart High School.

After training at Hobart Teacher’s College she taught for many years with the Education Department. During this time she taught mainly in the early childhood area, with some years working in special education.

U3A seemed a natural progression after returning 5 years ago.

Mary has 2 married sons and one grandson.

She enjoys reading, being with friends and participating in quiz teams.

Helen Lucas

General Member

In 2016, after I retired from teaching grades eight to twelve in Brisbane, my husband and I moved to Tasmania.  I was Born in Brisbane and have written mainly for my studies in Business Management and a graduate diploma and a masters in Education.

Later that year when I joined the writers’ group at U3A, I started to write to satisfy my needs for self-expression.  Also, I have written a few stand-alone chapters of a sci fi story. 

My hobbies are gardening, cooking new and inspiring meals, my dog, and my family. I am lucky to have my husband, two wonderful children one of whom lives in Tasmania and five grand-children.)




Anna Melton

Newspaper Editor

Qualifying with a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) in 1982 I soon realised the role of teacher librarian was the one for me.  I qualified and worked in that field for over twenty-five years and taught Primary school for a few.  I still do some relief teaching.

I am a keen reader, mostly of non-fiction now.  I enjoy preparing topics and teaching at U3A.  I have travelled in Asia, Europe and most recently the Caucasus and Istanbul.  I would love to do more!  My husband and I have worked in Timor Leste and for a couple of years in the U.K. and Alice Springs – wonderful opportunities for new experiences.

I enjoy singing and was part of Tasmanian Chorale for many years.  I am singing with the St David’s Cathedral Choir.  I enjoy taking classes and visiting my gym, walking my dog and gardening.  Over the last few years I have become quite involved with helping run the Combined Charities Christmas Card and Gift Shop close to Christmas, and representing Leprosy Mission there.

My main role on the Committee is as the Newsletter Editor.  Contributions members provide, be they photos, short stories or poems, bring our newsletters to life.


Vicki Paterson


My husband and I share our home with a large, ageing but still bouncy dog, and a small, ageing and demanding cat.  Of our four daughters and one son only two of these live close to us in Tasmania, so our travelling and holidaying is now mostly restricted to visiting family.  We have eight wonderful, interesting grandchildren, ranging in age from ‘almost finished University’ to ‘not yet started Kindergarten.’  I spent much of my childhood on a farm on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast and am never quite comfortable in the suburbs, so I enjoy living in a rural area, surrounded by wildlife.

I am another retired teacher, having spent the latter part of my career mostly teaching senior secondary students and specialising in History subjects and Legal Studies.  Since retiring, I am enjoying having the time to read books of my choice rather than those I have felt the need to read in order to expand my knowledge of a particular subject.  My bookshelves are therefore filled with fiction and the occasional biography, and I am at my happiest when I take another unread book from the pile beside my bed and delve into another story!

It was a natural step for me to join U3A as, following retirement, I was determined to keep on learning new things and acquiring new skills.  I find I also enjoy preparing and delivering courses on topics I am interested in, hoping that U3A members will share my enjoyment too.)

Robyn Nandan

General Member

I grew up in Hobart and have lived here all my life, apart from two years in Devonport when I taught at Latrobe High School in the days of bonded students,
I married Nitya Nandan in 1972, who was a Pharmacist and sadly died in 2016. We have six children and five grandchildren.
Our children live in London, Auckland, Brisbane and Hobart; hence I love to travel and explore the world and see our families.
I loved teaching and spent most of my career teaching English Literature and Humanities at Claremont and Rosny Secondary Colleges. I retired in 2017 but still do relief teaching and mark external exams.
My interests are varied and include membership of various committees for Orpheus Choir, Wesley Museum, the Uniting Church, Book Club and U3A Clarence to name a few.
I am a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and pioneered the teaching of Baby Massage in Tasmania


Jocelyn Head

General Member

Jocelyn is married to Allan and they have two children and six grandchildren who live on the mainland. She retired from the public service longer ago than she cares to remember.

She is enjoying U3A and considers that it is one of the best things she has done in retirement.

A compulsive reader over a wide range of fiction and nonfiction she finds that the only disadvantage to U3A is the proximity to the library, the source of such interesting reading triggered by the course content which she has enjoyed.


Terry Mahoney

Public Officer

Terry graduated as an engineer with post-grad degrees in public and business admin.

He has been involved in many large construction projects and an engineering consultancy. His interests include military history, political and business processes and golf.

Terry has been a member of U3A Clarence since its inception in 1993.


Clarence City Council
We'd like to thank Clarence City Council for their support via a Community Support Grant.