50th Anniversary of the 1956 Civil Engineering Graduates
15 May 2006
Forty civil engineers graduated in 1956, nine of them having come to the University as part of the Colombo plan. Fifty years later, eighteen of them were able to return to celebrate their anniversary, some from as far away as Scotland and Canada.
After meeting for a nostalgic morning coffee at Manning, they made their way to the Great Hall, the scene of their graduation, and for some of their February posts. There they were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown and the Dean of Engineering, Professor Greg Hancock, who presented them with certificates to celebrate their anniversary.
A visit to the Parramatta Road bridge followed, with reminiscences of survey exercises up the Union steps, and of the student demonstration for pedestrian lights so that students could cross the road in safety.
A luncheon was held in the Chancellor's room of the Union, at which there was much reminiscing and many toasts. They hope to return again in 3 years time, a year in which most of them will celebrate their seventy-fifth birthday.