Convocation of UWA Graduates

Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice and those from this University who volunteered to serve

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Convocation and the UWA History Society will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Society on the 16th October and acknowledging the input of Shobha Cameron, the then Heritage Officer of the University, a position, we regret to note, which no longer exists.

Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice

Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice and those from this University who volunteered to serve

The inaugural President, Emeritus Professor Reg Appleyard AM attracted the support of the then Warden of Convocation, Simon Dawkins and the Vice-Chancellor of the time, Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA, and the society was up and away in good time to assist with the university’s 100th year.

Looking back, the Society is compiling the 5 Annual Lectures it presented and this booklet will soon be available for purchase.

Currently, the Society is involved in detailed planning for training more Tour Guides based on the successful initiatives by former President Ron Bodycoat AM and committee member Roy Stall using the publication  by Dr Joan Pope OAM and Wendy Birman ‘Personalities and Places on the Crawley campus’. The City of Perth Heritage events on 20 and 21 October will see a raft of such tours presented at UWA by the Society.

President Dr Fran Pesich has been successful in gaining a modest but significant Grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, through the Office of the Hon. Julie Bishop. It is proposed that a pavement memorial plaque be placed within the vicinity of Whitfeld Court honouring those from the University who volunteered for War Service on the Centenary of the Armistice of World War One.

In association with this on the 11th November, in the late afternoon there will be a simple unveiling ceremony of the refurbished Honour Board of the Great War which is re-located to the Upper Foyer of the Winthrop Hall.  The Office of Advancement supported the cost of corrections to the Honour Board names of the Senate, Staff, the Convocation and the many Guild Students. This has been researched by Dr Joan Pope OAM, with assistance from the UWA Archivist, Maria Carvalho, the Guild Archivist, Melissa Hetherington and the Curator of the Exhibition, Holly Langford-Smith.

Professor Ted Snell of the Cultural Precinct has been pivotal in these arrangements, and also with the Exhibition in the Colonnade Gallery of the University Club. The exhibition click here   opens on 9th November and will be up for several months.

Dr Anna Gray AM, former Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, will present a High Tea Talk on 24 November on the Art of War, featuring Streeton and Lambert.  For further information and bookings  click here ,  or contact the University Club Reception directly on (08) 6488 8770.