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[…]

Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book

Amongst the dusty books and volatile tape dispensers that seem to have a mind of their own, there is more than meets the eye at the UQ Alumni Friends Bookhouse. At the heart of the not-for-profit organisation is the diverse and generous community of volunteers, who not only work tirelessly towards every Fair, but are[…]

The Structure of Feeling

In writing this account, I acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work. Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this recollection contains the voices and names of deceased persons.[…]

Sixty Years Teaching with The University of Queensland

At the beginning of March 1943, war-time Brisbane was a garrison city overflowing with an influx of servicemen from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, amongst others, gathered here as a staging point for northern operations in the South Pacific. Food and clothing were partly rationed, as was petrol, and at night the city[…]