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The University of Adelaide’s Gallipoli Veterans

Marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, this year’s Anzac Day commemorations were of particular significance.
Preserved in the University Archives are a series of letters that provide evidence of the involvement of a considerable number of University students, staff and graduates in the ill-fated campaign.
The letters were sent to the University in response to a […]

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Bertrand Russell and the Adelaide University Agnostics Society

We come across the occasional gem in the University Archives. One such find is this brief 1963 correspondence between members of the Adelaide University Agnostics Society and the great philosopher and activist Bertrand Russell.
The members of the Agnostics Society had apparently become aware of an article published in the student paper On Dit by an […]

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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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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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The 1961 International Intercollegiate Turtle Tournament

It’s hard to know quite what University of Adelaide Student Representative Council members might have made of this 1961 missive from University of Detroit Student Council President (and Head Turtle Keeper) Bob Bowen:
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Part of the University of Detroit’s Spring Carnival (equivalent perhaps to our Prosh), the Turtle Tournament was apparently widely […]

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