The University of Sydney's Centenary celebrations, 1950 - 1952
The University of Sydney Centenary celebrations commenced in 1950.
The main University Centenary functions were held in August 1952 and marked the culmination of the celebrations. Their emphasis was on pageantry and scholarship. As with the Jubilee celebrations in 1902, the focus was the Ceremony of Presentation of Addresses by Delegates to the Centenary Celebrations on 27 August 1952.
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|7 June 1950:||A Public Meeting in the Town Hall launched the University's Centenary celebrations and Centenary Appeal for Funds|
|6 October 1950:||A Commemoration Ceremony marked the centenary of the passage through the New South Wales legislature of the Act of Incorporation on 1 October 1850 - The Commemoration Oration was delivered by the Rt Hon R G Menzies, KC LLM MHR, Prime Minister of Australia|
|10 October 1950:||Senate attended Parliament House where a Resolution of Congratulations was adopted|
|5 February 1951:||A Special Senate meeting celebrated the first Senate meeting held on 3 February 1851|
|10 October 1951:||A Service of Commemoration of Benefactors|
|Late 1951:||Preliminary announcements in Latin of the University's intention to hold the main functions of its Centenary Celebrations in August 1952, were sent to over 150 Universities in the British Commonwealth, the United States of America, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Japan and South East Asia|
|26 August 1952:||5.00pm: A Reception at Government House by the Governor of NSW|
|8.30pm: An Oration by Dr Ian Clunies Ross - "The responsibility of Science and the University in the Modern World"|
|27 August 1952:||11.00am: A Ceremony of Presentation of Addresses by Delegates to the Centenary Celebrations - some 70 delegates attended. Many Universities not represented sent congratulatory messages which together with the ones presented in person were displayed in the Fisher Library (now MacLaurin Hall)|
|12.45pm: A University Union Luncheon for Delegates|
|3.30pm: A Reception by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Alderman E C O'Dea, at the Town Hall|
|7.00pm: A University Dinner in the Refectory of the University Union|
|28 August 1952:||2.30pm: The Centenary Oration given by the Chief Justice of NSW|
|4.00pm: A Garden Party in the Quadrangle for staff, graduates and friends of the University|
|7.00pm: A Senate Dinner for Delegates in the Refectory of the University Union, and a Women's Union Dinner for wives of Fellows of Senate and wives of delegates in Manning House|
|29 August 1952:||11.00am: A Ceremony of Conferring of Honorary Degrees in the Great Hall|
|30 August 1952:||10.00am - 5.00pm: The University Open Day|
|31 August 1952:||11.00am: Church Services in the City for members, students and friends of the University|
|3.00pm: A Special University Service in Pitt Street Congregational Church|