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Six generations of Sydney graduates


28 May 2010

Left to right: Alison Lockhart , Catherine Crouch, Georgina Crouch and Ewen Crouch.
Left to right: Alison Lockhart , Catherine Crouch, Georgina Crouch and Ewen Crouch.

It was a very proud moment for Catherine Crouch (nee Lockhart) recently when her daughter, Georgina graduated from Law at the University of Sydney.

Georgina's graduation marked the sixth direct generation in her family to graduate from Sydney.

The first member of the family to attend the University was Sir William Charles Windeyer, who was one of its first seven BA graduates in 1857 and also served as Chancellor. He also later became a judge.

William Archibald Windeyer, the second son of Sir William graduated in 1893 with a BA and practiced as a solicitor.

The next of the Windeyer line to continue the tradition was Sir William John Victor Windeyer (BA in 1922 and LLB in 1925). He also served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney from 1955 - 1958.

Catherine's mother, Margaret Lockhart (nee Windeyer) graduated with a BA in 1959.

Catherine also chose to study the Arts, graduating in 1983 with specialisations in English and education.

Catherine said study and broadening one's horizons through education had been supported by her family.

"My family has always stressed the importance of learning and has been very encouraging to pursue a tertiary education," she said.

"My great-great-grandfather was a Chancellor and one of the first graduates of the University of Sydney, so it has always had a very special place in our family. Despite the different schools we all attended, the excellent courses at Sydney have been a magnet for us, as well as its history and ambience."

Sir William Charles Windeyer, former Chancellor. Photograph courtesy of the University of Sydney Archives.
Sir William Charles Windeyer, former Chancellor. Photograph courtesy of the University of Sydney Archives.

When asked how she thought the University had developed since she attended, Catherine nominated greater choice and flexibility in courses, as well as updated facilities.

"The benefits of the substantial investment that has been made in the University and its facilities in the last 25 years are very apparent," she said.

"It now caters for a much larger and broader campus with more flexibility in course combinations than when I attended. There also seems to be a much greater intensity to university life now compared to when I was there."

Speaking after her graduation, Georgina said, "I loved my time at University. My experience was well rounded in terms of the education I received and the social life I enjoyed. I participated in the exchange program and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for six months in 2007, which was an amazing experience.

"For my first three years I lived at Wesley College, which I thoroughly enjoyed and have made some long-lasting friendships. In my five years of university I experienced fantastic teaching from lecturers and professors in the top of their fields."

Georgina is already enjoying a graduate placement in a commercial law firm and will be admitted as a lawyer in October this year.


Media inquiries: Rachel Gleeson, 0403 067 342, 9351 4312, rachel.gleeson@sydney.edu.au