Candidate Profile

Art Instructing
History - Art & Culture
With an Honours degree in Australian history and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies, Zana has worked in a variety of roles in Australian museums and in education. Since retiring, she continues to share her passion for history, culture and the arts with audiences of all ages.

During the Covid period of 2019 to 2021 with its accompanying travel restrictions, Zana has become a sought-after community speaker, presenting on a range of topics from battles of World War One to classic Hollywood film stars.

Prior to that, in 2018 and 2019 Zana joined Royal Caribbean Cruises as an Enrichment Speaker on Radiance of the Seas. In 2016 Zana co-authored a book, ‘The Creative Pulse – 5 steps to stretch your imagination’, on sale on-line through Amazon and selected Australian bookshops. The book was a product from Creative Kick Start, a Sydney-based arts consultancy which Zana co-founded in 2010, to provide workshops in collage, creative writing, drawing and printmaking. In 2012 and again in 2016, Zana was invited to join Oceania Cruises as an Artist-in-Residence on selected international cruises.

1. The ANZACs – from Gallipoli to the Western Front
What is the Australian and New Zealand alliance? While the name is closely associated with the World War One Allied campaign of Gallipoli, it was also a partnership between the two nations forged on the battlefields of the Western Front. Through the eyes of an Australian soldier, we revisit the key battles in Gallipoli and France which helped to build the alliance and friendship between the two countries which still exists today.

2. Lights Camera Action – highlights from early Australian films
While the world’s first feature film ‘The Story of Ned Kelly’ was made in Australia, dozens of early films captured the hearts of their audiences. We will look at Cinesound classics, including ‘Dad and Dave’, Lovers and Luggers and ‘Forty Thousand Horsemen’, the story of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba. The enormously successful ‘They’re a Weird Mob’ was credited with reviving the Australian film industry in the 1960s and the US-Australian co-production of ‘On the Beach’ brought Hollywood stars to Melbourne.

3. Secrets of Sydney Harbour
The massive sandstone headlands of Sydney harbour provide a dramatic gateway to the city, described by sailors on the First Fleet as “the safest anchorage in the world.” What are some of the secrets of this magnificent harbour? We will hear stories from the Rocks, convict escapes from Cockatoo Island and about Captain De Groot and the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We explore little known facts about Manly Cove, Fort Dennison, sunken World War Two Japanese submarines and Sydney’s nude bathing beaches.

4. Artists in the South Seas
French artists Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse visited Tahiti. Unrecognised during his lifetime, Gauguin is known for his depictions of Tahitian life. He abandoned life in France to develop his unique approach while living in the islands of Polynesia. Matisse also loved his Tahitian sojourn, describing lagoons as “as green as absinthe” which provided inspiration for his Oceania series. Captain Cook’s ships including the Endeavour, Resolution and Discovery carried artists who gave the world unique scenes of their contacts with indigenous peoples in Australia and the South Pacific.

5 . Lost at Sea – the mystery of La Perouse
Eighteenth century Frenchman Jean-Francois de Galaup, known as La Perouse aimed to extend European discoveries in the Pacific. Aboard his two ships were renowned scientists, botanists, naturalists and illustrators. Even though they had the latest instruments for navigation recommended by James Cook, not everything went to plan. In 1788, after crossing paths with Arthur Phillip’s fleet in Botany Bay Sydney, La Perouse’s ships departed for exploration before completely disappearing. The fate of the two ships and their crew remained a mystery for nearly 30 years.

6. The Lure of the Unknown – early seafaring explorers
European explorers risked life and limb to discover new worlds. The Pacific Ocean was named ‘the peaceful sea’ by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan while searching for a sea route to India. Others sailed in search of the mythical Great South Land. The first European to see Tahiti was Englishman Samuel Wallis aboard HMS Dolphin in 1767. He was shortly followed by French ships commanded by Louis Antoine de Bougainville who wrote in his Tahitian journal, “I feel I have been transported into the Garden of Eden”.

7. High Sea Drama – the daring deception of Jeanne Baret
When French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville sailed around the world in 1769 he made many discoveries. Perhaps one of his most astonishing findings was that not all of his crew were male. We look at the fascinating tale of Jeanne Baret and her daring deception in sailing disguised as a man, in the role of a gentleman’s valet and botanical assistant. It was a time when women weren’t even allowed on ships. In so doing, Jeanne Baret became the first woman to circumnavigate the world. Equally surprising was that it was she who discovered and identified the unique plant that bears Bougainville’s name today.

8. Travelers Tales - Writers in the South Seas
Some of history’s great books were inspired by sea travel, including Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Robert Louis Stevenson left San Francisco to set up home in Samoa. Jumping ship in the Marchesa Islands, Herman Melville lived in rainforests where he wrote ‘Omeo’ and ‘Typee’ before completing 'Moby Dick' his masterpiece. After World War One, Tahiti became home to Charles Nordhoff who together with James Hall wrote stories which became famous as ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’ After World War Two, James Michener wrote about the mystical Bali Hai. His novel ‘Tales of the South Pacific’ won the Pulitzer Prize, becoming the musical classic ‘South Pacific’.

9 . Iconic New Zealand – What are the national icons of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud?
They must include the kiwi, a unique flightless bird, which is the internationally recognised nickname of New Zealanders. In Maori mythology the ‘tiki’ was the first man, and is a recognisable symbol of New Zealand. In Maori culture, the ‘haka’ was the traditional war cry, originally performed by warriors before battle, and is demonstrated by the All Blacks at Rugby Union matches. Other icons include world famous artist Colin McCahan, and filmmaker Peter Jackson with his award winning trilogy of films on ‘Lord of the Rings’.
2019 Enrichment Speaker - Royal Caribbean Cruises Radiance of the Seas - Sydney – Sydney November- December
2018 Enrichment Speaker - Royal Caribbean Cruises Radiance of the Seas - Honolulu – Sydney September - October.
2016 Artist-in-Residence - Oceania Cruises - Insignia - Sydney - Los Angeles
2012 Artist-in-Residence - Oceania Cruises - Marina - Venice to Athens, Barcelona to Rome April, May, June
2012 Artist-in-Residence - Oceania Cruises - Riviera - Miami to Miami November December
2022 - Guest Speaker U3A (University of the Third Age) Tewantin Queensland, Australia -11 May 2022 'Behind the Scenes - Jezebel' Presentation and film.
2021 - Guest Speaker – U3A Noosa (University of the Third Age) Tewantin Queensland Ph *61 07 5440 5500
19 March’ Lights, Camera, Action - Early Australian Films’, 23 April ‘The ANZACs Brothers-in-Arms’ 22 September - Film presentation ‘Grand Hotel’ 24 September ‘The ANZACs – from Gallipoli to the Western Front’ 15 October ‘Artists in the South Seas’ 24 November Film presentation ‘Behind the Scenes with Katherine Hepburn’