On Tuesday 10 May the Student Representative Council and Pride Club of the University of Adelaide organised a memorial in honour of Dr George Duncan. Dr Duncan, a law lecturer at the University of Adelaide, was killed in 1972 after a homophobic attack by parties who remain unidentified. Dr Duncan’s death is a vital part of the story of decriminalisation of homosexuality in South Australia.
Speaking at the event, Professor John Williams commented:
“…the death of Dr Duncan was a tragedy. A Senseless tragedy. However, it was also the moment when our community decided that the fear and hatred would not win. The people of good will – across the political spectrum – across the community – said “enough. We do not criminalise people for who they are and who they love.” I know that our community is full of people of good will – they now need to steel themselves to win the debate when it comes to reforming our laws and attitudes to our fellow citizens.
Vale Dr Duncan.”
The Adelaide Law School in 2015 had placed in the foyer of the School a photograph and commentary about Dr Duncan. It contains a statement about the importance of inclusion and the need to celebrate diversity.