A Great Foundation For My Professional Life

I commenced a four year degree at the University of Queensland in 1962, having successfully obtained a Commonwealth Scholarship, which paid student fees and a means tested living away from home allowance. UQ commenced the physiotherapy degree program in the early 1950s in parallel with a three year Diploma course that commenced in 1938. Our[…]

College Life in the Sixties

I arrived at the Women’s College in 1962. Having lived with two quiet adults, I now had to adjust to slamming doors, loud radios, and heavy footsteps down corridors. Freshers settled in during Orientation Week, but when the older students returned, the Fresher System came into play. As the junior residents, freshers were expected to[…]

Hear I am

I do not remember anything specific about my many firsts at UQ St Lucia: the first time I visited the campus, library, computer rooms; the first class, assignment, exam I completed; the first lecturer, tutor or student I met… One ‘first’ I do recall is visiting a very small office; a room, hidden behind the[…]

Nescire autem quid antequam sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum

Nescire autem quid antequam sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child). Cicero My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. Seneca My association with the Classics Department goes back a very long time—to 1955, when I[…]

Recollections 1961-64: The Tranquil Years

I commenced my Agricultural Science degree in 1961. Along with many “freshers”, I travelled by Council bus from North Quay to St. Lucia for the start of Orientation Week. I still remember the reaction when the sandstone buildings of the UQ campus first came into view: A shout of “There it is” arose spontaneously from[…]

Alma Mater

A continuous low humming hung over Chancellor’s Place. Quarter to eight. My stomach was making the raspy breathing sounds of a dying puppy. Having completed a massive two-and-a-half-hour Research Techniques seminar, I was hoping to celebrate my first ever UQ lecture with dinner for one. What I got instead was this little nugget: there wasn’t[…]