Universary anniversaries

Centenary 1950-1952

Launch of the celebrations at a Public Meeting in the Town Hall, 7 June 1950

The University of Sydney Centenary celebrations commenced on Wednesday 7 June 1950 with a public meeting in the Town Hall to launch the celebrations and the University of Sydney Centenary Appeal for 500,000 pounds. Authorities hoped to raise this amount in each of the three years of the celebrations. They said that the University urgently needed the money for research, development, and maintenance.

The Sydney University Regiment and the Eastern Command Band marched along Park Street to the Town Hall before the meeting.

The Governor of NSW, Lieutenant General Northcott, the Chancellor of the University, Sir Charles Blackburn, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S H Roberts, addressed the meeting.

Public Meeting in the Town Hall

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor S H Roberts, addressing the meeting, photo, University of Sydney Archives

The Minister for External Affairs, Mr P C Spender, represented the Prime Minister, Mr Menzies. The official party also included the Chief Justice, the Honourable K W Street, and the Deputy Premier, Mr J J Cahill.