Graduations

Esquires Bedell

Lieutenant-General Sir Iven Geffard Mackay, KBE CMG DSG (with Dar) VD

Lieutenant-General Sir Iven Geffard Mackay, KBE CMG DSG (with Dar) VD, BA HonLLD Syd (1882 - 1966), was appointed to the office of Esquire Bedell of the University of Sydney in 1950 and held that posltion until his death in 1966.

Read a news report on his appointment as Esquire Bedell, SMH 6 June 1950
Read a news report, SMH 8 June 1950


Senate's obituary

Lieutenant-General Sir Iven G. Mackay, K.B.E., C.M.G., D.S.G. (with Dar), V.D ., B.A., Hon. LL.D., died on 30th September, 1966.
Sir Iven was born on 7th April, 1882, in Grafton, N.S.W. He was the son of the Reverend I Mackay of the Free Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia. He was educated at Newington College and then, as a resident of St Andrew's College, at the University of Sydney, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1904.

From 1905 to 1910 he was a resident master and sports master at Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and from 1910 to 1925 was Demonstrator in Physics in this University. From 1922 to 1925 he was also Secretary of the University Extension Board and from 1925 to 1930 Faculty Secretary and Student Adviser.

He served with great distinction in the A.I.F. in World War I, seeing service at Gallipoli as a Major and in France as Lieutenant-Colonel and in 1918 being General Officer Commanding the First Infantry Brigade. He was wounded in action, twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the O.S.O. with Bar and the Croix de Guerre. After the war he attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, for a period, and then from 1920 to 1922 was Lecturer in Physics in this University.

From 1933 to 1940 he was Headmaster of Cranbrook School, Sydney, and during approximately the same period was Commonwealth Film Appeals Censor.

He became General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division Australian Military Forces in 1937.

In the Second World War he served as Commander of the 6th Division AIF in the Middle East in 1940 and 1941. Promoted Lieutenant-General, he was appointed General Officer Commanding Home Forces in Australia in 1941.

From 1944 to 1948 Sir Iven was Australian High Commissioner in India.

He became in 1919 a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George following his service in the First World War, and was created a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of tbe British Empire in 1941.

At the time of the University of Sydney Centenary Celebrations in 1952 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws of this University. He was appointed to the office of Esquire Bedell in 1950 and held that posltion until his death.

Information source: University Calendar 1968


Honorary degree

At the time of the University of Sydney Centenary Celebrations in 1952 he received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws of this University ... citation.