50 years of Accounting celebrated
22 Nov 2010
Colleagues were reunited, glasses were raised and tales were told at the recent 50th anniversary Jubilee Dinner for the Discipline of Accounting in The Faculty of Economics and Business at The University of Sydney.
Most importantly, the dinner was an opportunity for those engaged with the accounting discipline to celebrate and honour the distinguished achievements, professional leadership and contributions of many Sydney accounting alumni.
Dr John Laker AO (BEc '72), Chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and valued alumnus presented the keynote address at the event and spoke of the importance of 'True and Fair' accounting.
The contributions of The Accounting Foundation and Pacioli Society to accounting education in this University over the last five decades were also recognised.
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Stephen Garton acknowledged the achievements of the discipline on behalf of the University and paid tribute to the contributions of all accounting professors, particularly the inaugural Chair of the Discipline, Ray Chambers.
Ray Chambers extensive collection of work was on display during the evening including papers about his proposed new system of accounting, Continuously Contemporary Accounting (CoCoA).
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Professor Peter Wolnizer said, "On this Golden Jubilee of Accounting scholarship at The University of Sydney we are celebrating an Australian success story. From modest beginnings fifty years ago, the Department of Accounting at Sydney became recognised and respected internationally as the Sydney School of Accounting."
Guests were entertained during the evening by musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney Organist, Amy Johansen along with members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Leanne Sullivan and Simon Wolnizer. The finale to the evening was enhanced by a musical performance from the Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS)
The Jubilee Dinner was made possible due to the generous support of sponsors - CPA Australia, Deloitte, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and PwC.