Category: Student life / activism

‘The More Things Change….’

We are currently processing a large accession of records from the University’s Law School dating from the sixties, seventies and eighties. Among these I came across a short lived publication called Consumer Forum.
Produced in 1974 from the Law School by a body called the Adelaide University Consumer Protection Group, it was part of a growing […]

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Radical Adelaide

A wave of radical social criticism swept the university and college campuses of the west from the mid-1960s and the University of Adelaide was no exception. Looking back much of it seems hopelessly utopian, but in the context of the war in Vietnam, the nightmarish possibility of nuclear war and a growing awareness of the […]

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5UV, mid-Seventies: photo update and 1978 Licence Application

A recent post contained a request for information on the identities of a group photograph of 5UV staff  taken in the mid-1970s. John Pryzibilla, who is pictured with the group (in polo neck, next to Keith Conon), generously responded with the following excellent overview. John wrote:
“Pleased to help out. There are some people whose names […]

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Patrick White and the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, 1961-1964

“Perhaps there was among the audience the thought that a reactionary Establishment was being beaten on its own ground, that the evening was going to be a triumph of the imagination over mediocrity. So it was.”
Geoffrey Dutton on The Ham Funeral (Quoted by David Marr in Patrick White: A Life).

The University Archives recently received a […]

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The Student Christian Movement, Gough Whitlam and Conscription

The following 1968 telegram from then Federal Opposition leader Gough Whitlam is from the recently created UAA Series 1420, “Australian Student Christian Movement South Australian Branch Records”.
The message was sent in the context of a growing opposition to the War in Vietnam and in particular the compulsory selective conscription – a system whereby all twenty […]

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