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1988 University Photographs Update

 Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write in with information on the University Archives’ collection of 1988 ‘mystery’ photographs. We received a terrific response and a significant amount of information on the people and situations captured by photographer Peter Thurmer. Of the 23 images displayed, we now have information on 15 images […]

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Maude Puddy and the Elder Conservatorium of Music

(Note: this is an embellished version of an article originally published in Lumen, the University of Adelaide’s alumni magazine.)
Maude Mary Puddy (1883-1974) was one of the first students to graduate from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and certainly one of its more remarkable. Coming from a relatively modest background, her success was testament both to […]

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The University of Adelaide: Pioneering Women’s Right to Higher Education

Gender relations and attitudes towards women have been very much to the fore in the current national political debate. At the centre of course is Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Many would know that Julia Gillard studied with the University of Adelaide between 1979 and 1981, and that it’s here that she first demonstrated a […]

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Quite a Find: Oscar Wilde, Matthew Arnold, Edmund Barton and William Gladstone in the Archives

From time to time we make some startling discoveries in the University Archives. The University’s early history is exceptionally well documented and as a result there remain records that have yet to be fully itemised and described in detail. One of these is Series 183, Unsuccessful Applications for Chairs and Other Positions, a fascinating collection currently […]

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“Is Man Changing the Climate?”

Current political contestation aside, there has emerged in the past decade or so a strong consensus among climate and other scientists that the earth’s climate is rapidly changing as a direct result of human activity.
As a leading research university, Adelaide has been part of global scientific efforts to understand the threat posed by climate change […]

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