Students at the University of Sydney

Commem Days in the 1930s

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Briefly

The Students' Festival Week was now organised by the Students Representative Council, which had been established in late 1929, replacing the Undergraduates' Association.

During the 1930s, additional new features began to appear, including:
– the abolition of theatre night in a city theatre and its replacement by a revue or "Festival Follies" comprising segments presented by the colleges (1930)
– the sports gala (1930)
– a women students' ballet as an item in the revue (1931)
– floats in the procession entered by women (from the mid-1930s)

In 1936 the procession was once again allowed through the city.

Gallery

Photos by Sam Hood, c1928 - 1939

c1928 - 1939

Wesley College boys posing for Commem Day, possibly for an item in the Commem Revue, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414015.

c1928 - 1939

A Commem Day crowd with their songbooks, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414008.

c1928 - 1939

At Commem Day, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414020.

1930

Festival Week, 19-22 May 1930:
– For the first time Festival Week was organised by the SRC – which had replaced the old Undergraduates Association – and it made some drastic alterations to the program. It decided to abolish theatre night knowing that it was almost impossible to maintain reasonable order in a theatre, and noting the unruly behaviour at the Tivoli the previous year. It moved forward the annual Undergraduates Ball, which for the last 5 years had been held in July, into Festival Week. And it established a weekly newspaper "Honi Soit".
– Monday 19 May: the Reunion Dinner (inaugurated the previous year) in the Union Refectory - and an innovation was the presence of women graduates and undergraduates.
– Tuesday 20 May: The Revue in the Union Hall replaced the annual theatre night in a city theatre, which had got out of control the previous year.
– Wednesday 21 May: The inaugural sports gala, with fancy dress basketball and football, fancy dress hockey (men versus women) and fancy dress cricket (Honi Soit v Union Recorder), men and women hockey matches against Sydney Teachers College, one round of the inter-faculty Rugby Union football match and interfaculty athletic championship, plus an all day mixed doubles tennis tournament.
– Thursday 22 May: In the evening, the Undergraduates Ball at the Palais Royal - 400 dancers were present and all joined heartily in the University songs and choruses which were played during the evening.
– Friday 22 May: Festival Day, with a procession leaving the University grounds by the Derwent street gates at 2.15pm and proceeding along Parramatta Road, Missenden Road, Carillon Avenue and City Road, entering the University grounds again at the Derwent street gates. There were faculty tableaux representing various phases of University work as well as the purely burlesque lorries. At the conclusion of the procession a High Court of Injustice was held near the Universlty Union and throughout the afternoon a fete was held in the University grounds. During the evening there was dancing in the "Med Palais" and the engineers "Night Club" (SMH, 7 February, 19 & 23 May 1930).

1930

A students' song practice before Festival Day, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

Hockey Club members in fancy dress at the sports gala on Wednesday 21 May, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

A tackling incident in the fancy-dress football match on Wednesday, photo, The Sydney Morning herald, 22 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

“Procession day found the students on the job this morning preparing their displays. The feminine touch was found handy in the decorating of this steed,” photo, Evening News, 23 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

"Ready to take part in today's procession, these 'Gold Diggers' name many prizes as the objects of their desire", photo, Evening News, 23 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

The Medical students' contribution to Festival Day on Friday 22 May, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

A float satirising the Prime Minister Joseph Scullin's appeal to farmers in early 1930 to grow more wheat, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414019.

c1930

In late 1929, the Government announced its plan to establish a volunteer army in place of compulsory training. This float of c1930 satirised the Government's plan, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414018.

1930

A Veterinary Science float in the procession, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

A skit on recent extravagant claims made by proud parents of their babies' prowess, photo, Evening News, 23 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1930

Crowds watching the procession outside Sydney University, including the Medical students' contribution, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414017.

1931

Festival Week, 18 - 22 May 1931:
– Monday 18 May: The reunion dinner in the University Union Refectory - Dr Constance D'Arcy delivered the address, and was the first woman graduate to speak at such a function. Following the precent set the previous year, women graduates and undergraduates were present.
– Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 May: the Revue - "Festival Follies" - in the Union Hall. A feature was the women students' ballet, the first of its kind to be introduced into Commem festivities.
– Wednesday 20 May: 2.40pm, the sports gala including a fancy dress cricket match, "Honi Soit" versus the Rafferty Club, on No 2 oval.
– Thursday 21 May: The Undergraduates' Ball at the Palais Royal, with proceeds going to the University Settlement in Chippendale.
– Friday 22 May: On Festival Day a fete was held in the University grounds; the SRC had decided not to hold a procession that day, agreeing with the Vice-Chancellor that it would be "inadvisable during the present troubled times" (SMH, 26 March, 14 April & 14 May 1931).

1931

Several Sydney University students at song practice with their new song books for the 1931 Students' Festival, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 1931, National Library of Australia.

1931

Women students training for ballet dancing in the Festival Follies, photo from The Western Mail, 9 July 1931, National Library of Australia.

1931

Engineering students driving through the University grounds to advertise the Festival Follies, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 23 May 1931, NLA Newspapers.

1931

From left: Mr D Hill (Secretary of the University Union); Professor Sir Mungo McCallum (Deputy Chancellor); and Professor Stephen Wallace (Vice-Chancellor) watching the sports gala held on 20 May 1931, photo, The Australasian, 30 May 1931, National Library of Australa.

1931

The skipping race for women students was a novelty at the sports gala, photo, The Australasian, 30 May 1931, National Library of Australa.

1931

The Teachers College hockey team played against women students at the University, photo, The Australasian, 30 May 1931, National Library of Australa.

1931
Engineering students extracting financial support from a student for the Rafferty
Club on 20 May, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order
number: a414012
. The Rafferty Club was launched by the Benevolent Society,
in the presence of the Governor, Sir Philip Game, in the Union Hall on 28 April
1931. The club was a drive to help those who were unable to help themselves -
the children. Life membership of the club cost two shillings, for which members
received a book of rules, a membership badge, and a folder of 16 Rafferty
matches. A member could approach other members and to ask for a Rafferty
match. If a match was not forthcoming, then the former was entitled to receive
one penny. If the member asked produced a Rafferty match, then the member
making the demand paid over one penny. The obvious time to make the
demand was in awkward situations, e.g. when under the shower in the morning.
When one folder of matches was exhausted a new one could be obtained for
one shilling (SMH, 29 April 1931).

1931

At the official Festival Day on Friday 22 May - Sir John Peden (Chairman, Professorial Board), Professor Stephen Wallace (Vice-Chancellor), Sir William Cullen (Chancellor), Mr Flynn (SRC President), Sir Mungo MacCallum (Deputy Chancellor) and Miss I Fidler (President, Women's Union), photo from The Sydney Mail, 27 May 1931, Google News Archive.

1931

A large gathering of undergraduate students in Science Road for the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the University - being addressed by Mr Flynn, photo from The Sydney Mail, 27 May 1931, Google News Archive.

1931

A feature of the Festival Day programs was the 'High Court of Injustice', before which the Vice-Chancellor, the President of the SRC and other prominent University people were charged with various offences; the conduct of the cases was humorous and clever. Pictured is the mock trial of V J Flynn, President of the SRC, photo from The Sydney Mail, 27 May 1931, Google News Archive.

1931

The mock trial, photo by Sam Hood, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Digital order number: a414009.

1931

The mock trial, photo by Sam Hood, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Digital order numbers: a414011.

1931

The mock trial, photo by Sam Hood, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Digital order numbers: a414010.

1931

Leading the singing on Festival Day, photo from The Sydney Mail, 27 May 1931, Google News Archive.

1931

Women undergraduates students took a prominent part in singing on Festival Day, photo from 'The Sydney Mail', 27 May 1931, Google News Archive.

1932

Festival Week, 16-20 May 1932
– Thursday 12 May: 1pm, song practice
– Saturday 14 May: A graduation ceremony and the reunion dinner.
– Monday 16 May: Dr C R Laverty was formally installed as President of the Students Representative Council for 1931 in ceremony held in the Great Hall attended by the retiring President, the Deputy Chancellor, Registrar, members of Senate, teaching staff and undergraduates. The new President was invested with the stole of office.
– Tuesday 17 May: 2,000 undergraduates and their friends danced to the music of the Commem songs at the Undergraduates' Ball at the Palais Royal
– Wednesday 18 May: A sports gala on University Oval including fancy dress events.
– Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May: The revue, or "Festival Follies", in the Union Hall. Topical sketches included "Hollywood Hamlet" by St Paul's College, "HMAS Brassiere" by St John's College, "The High Court of Injustice" by the Law Society, "A Varsity Romance" by Wesley College and "The Doll Shop" ballet by Sancta Sophia College (SMH, 19 May).
– Friday 20 May: Festival Day. During the afternoon, faculty exhibitions and lecturettes were held, to which the general public were invited, winners of "Blues" were announced, high officers of the University delivered short addresses, and a follies "divertissement" was presented in Union Hall. A night club called "West Pole", arranged by Engineering students, complete with Eskimo ballets, was held in the Union Refectory and Science students presented a cabaret called "Hell's Kitchen" in the Union Hall (SMH, 10, 15 & 18 May 1932.

1932

Deputy Chancellor Sir Mungo MacCallum (right) congratulating Dr RCM Laverty, the new SRC President, at the ceremony held on 16 May 1932, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 May 1932, National Library of Australia

1932

Women players taking the field in the fancy dress hockey match against men students in the Sports Gala on Wednesday 18 May, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1932, National Library of Australia.

c1932

Men students posing for fancy dress hockey circa 1932, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a414013.

1932

The mock trial of Vice-Chancellor Professor Wallace (on right) during Festival Day on Friday 20 May, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 21 May 1932, National Library of Australia.

1932

The Sydney Mail's comment on Festival (still referred to by the media as Commem) Day, cartoon, The Sydney Mail, 25 May 1932, Google News Archive.

1932

Students with their ammunition cases of eggs and tomatoes on Festival Day, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_03871.

1932

Medicine v Engineering students, outside Manning House on Festival Day, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_03866.

1932

Medicine v Engineering students, outside Manning House, on Festival Day, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_03868.

1932

During the flour fight on Festival Day, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 1932, National Library of Australia.

1932

Dentistry students on Festival Day, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_03862.

1933

Festival Week, 15-19 May 1933:
– Monday 15 May: 1.30pm - the first function of the festival was the formal installation in office of the 1933 President of the Students' Representative Council Mr J Bowie Wilson in a ceremony in the Great Hall. On Monday night the annual dinner was held in the University Union Refectory - Sir Edgeworth David delivered the festival address and Miss Janet Mitchell, acting principal of Women's College, also spoke.
– Tuesday 16 May: 2,000 guests attended the Undergraduates' Ball at the Palais Royal at Moore Park, making it the biggest social event of the students' year. No stunts such as had been given at previous balls were included except for community singing of the University songs.
– Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 May: The Revue in the Union Hall.
– Wednesday 17 May: The Festival sports day
– Friday 19 May: Festival Day included a procession through the University grounds and along the streets in the vicinity of the University. A "beer garden" in the Union Hall and a "night club" in the Union Refectory on Friday night ended the festivities (SMH, 27 April & 17 May 1933).

1933

Members of the faculties of Medicine, Science and Engineering during their annual 'rag' or battle on Tuesday 16 May, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 May 1933, National Library of Australia.

1933

The bloodless affair provided a crowd of spectators with some amusement, but it was tame compared with conflicts of the past, photo, The Sydney Mail, 24 May 1933, Google News Archive.

1933

When the battle was at its height - Science charging the Engineers, photo, Sunday Mail, 21 May 1933, National Library of Australia.

1933

A wet procession on Friday 19 May, photo from The Sydney Mail, 24 May 1933, Google News Archive.

1933

The prize for the best tableau went to the Faculty of Agriculture, part of which is pictured above, photo from The Sydney Mail, 24 May 1933, Google News Archive.

1933

"Medical Students' Burlesque: Students performing an 'operation' during Commemoration at the University. The medical students' display aroused much laughter," photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 1933, National Library of Australia.

1934

Festival Week, 14-18 May 1934:
– Tuesday 15 May: The annual ball of the SRC at the Palais Royal
– Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May: The revue in which each of the six University colleges and the Dramatic Society produced acts.
– Wednesday 16 May: The sports festival, at which the inter-faculty athletic championships were decided; there were also men's and women's hockey matches, women's basketball matches between the University and the Teachers College, a tennis tournament and Rugby Union football matches.
– Friday 18 May: On Festival Day a procession around the University grounds was held from 2.30pm but the reunion dinner had to be abandoned due to insufficient support; the new President of the SRC was installed by the outgoing President and blues won during the past year were announced by representatives of the University sporting associations; and the University was open for inspection (SMH, 11 April & 7 May 1934).

1934

For a joke, undergraduates placed the bust of politician Jack Lang among the Grecian statues in the Nicholson Gallery of Antiques, cartoon, News, 15 May 1934, National Library of Australia.

1934

Engineering and Medical students engaging in their traditional battle with flour and soot "bombs" in the University grounds on Tuesday 15 May during Students' Festival celebrations, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 1934, National Library of Australia.

1934

Part of the procession passing through the University grounds on Friday 18 May, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1934, National Library of Australia.

1935

Festival Week, 20-24 May 1935:
–Tuesday 21 May: The sports gala during the day, and the Undergraduates' Ball during the evening at the Palais Royal.
– Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 20, 22 and 23 May: The revue.
– Wednesday 22 May: Festival Day, when the University was open for inspection and from 11.15am a procession encircled the University grounds, going along Parramatta and Missenden Roads, Carillon Avenue and City Road. The SRC withdrew the students' song book from sale and withdrew one float from the procession. All proceeds from the day were devoted to the King's Jubilee Fund.
– Thursday 23 May: A smoke concert was reintroduced in the Union Theatre.
– Friday 24 May: Two "night clubs" were held in the Union (SMH, 30 April & 22 May 1935).

1935

Students' Festival Day, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 1935, National Library of Australia.

1935

The procession, with satirical comments on politics and social life, setting out on 22 May, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12309.

1935

The procession, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 1935, National Library of Australia.

1935

Photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 1935, National Library of Australia.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12331.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12310.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12307.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12308.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12306.

1935

"Varsity students brought the aboriginal problem to the heart of Sydney in the Commem procession," photo, The Central Queensland Herald, 6 June 1935, National Library of Australia.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12304.

1935

Photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12305.

1936

Festival Week: 18-22 May 1936:
– Thursday 14 May: The annual Undergraduates Ball at the Trocadero.
– Monday 18 May: A reunion smoke concert in the Union Hall.
– Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 May: The annual revue in the Union Hall including "The Life-changer", a satire on health leagues, by St Paul's College; "Bounty-Full", a new account of the Bounty mutiny, by Wesley College; "The Tempest" from St Andrew's College; "S-Top T-Hat", which also dealt with mutiny on the high seas, by St John's College; and dancing and singing numbers by the women's colleges (SMH, 20 May 1936)
– Tuesday 19 May: Festival sports
– Wednesday 20 May: Festival Day, with a city procession of 65 floats in the morning and the University open to the public in the afternoon. Senate had lifted the ban on city processions with the SRC taking responsibility for behaviour, and large crowds gathered in the city to watch the first students' procession through the streets for 13 years.
– Friday 22 May: Two "night clubs' in the Union Hall and the Union Refectory (SMH, 18 April 1936).

1936

As a protest against the ban on city processions, women undergraduates wrote songs for "Wow", the 1936 University song book. The theme song "You mustn't" was to the tune of Gilbert's "Tit Willow", photo from The Australian Women's Weekly, 16 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

"You mustn't"

In a room in the Law School the Senators sat,
Saying: "Mustn't! You mustn't! You mustn't!
We'll give you that answer whatever you're at –
You mustn't! You mustn't! You mustn't!
And forever and ever, Amen, will we frown
On any suggestion to let you go down
And hold you immoral procession in town –
You mustn't! You mustn't! You mustn't!

It's true they were other Studes eight years ago –
Still, you mustn't! You mustn't! You mustn't!
All students are course, filthy-minded, and low,
You mustn't! You mustn't! You mustn't!"
In 2000 AD, after earnest debate
The Senate its wise and just verdict will state:
"You were rowdy and rude in the year '28 –
You mustn't! You mustn't! YOU MUSTN'T"


1936

Women undergraduates rehearsing their ballet for the Festival Revue, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

1936

Large crowds gathered in the city on Wednesday 22 May to watch the first students' procession through the streets for 13 years, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

1936

One of the floats in the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12303.

1936

Another float, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_12302.

1936

This float which is moving down George Street is a representation of the 'Rocket', George Stevenson's famous engine, photo, News (Adelaide), 22 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

1936

"'Mussolini' pushing 'Haili Sellassie' from 'Addis Ababa to Jerusalem' in the procession", photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

1936

A University student in baby clothes in the procession, photo, News (Adelaide), 22 May 1936, National Library of Australia.

continued

1937

Festival Week, 17-23 May 1937:
– Friday 14 May: The Undergraduates' Ball at the Palais Royal, where the commem songbook titled "Bung-ho" was on sale.
– Monday 17 May: A radio broadcast on 2FC of a selection of University songs, both serious and humorous.
– Tuesday 18 May: A graduation ceremony.
– Wednesday 19 May: Festival Day when the city procession with some 70 floats returned to the University by 1pm, and the University was then open for inspection. That evening was the first performance of the annual revue in Union Hall.
– Friday 21 May: The final event of Festival Week was the night clubs run by the faculties of engineering and science (SMH, 3 May 1937).

1937

A Medical students' float in the procession on Festival Day, Wednesday 19th, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14979.

1937

A Dentistry students' float - 'Excavations in progress. Men at work', photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14986.

1937

The Materia Medica (pharmacology) float leaving the University, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14987.

1937

Dentistry IV and Engineering III floats leaving the University, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14973.

1937

Dentistry IV and Engineering III floats in the city, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 1937, National Library of Australia.

1937

Crowds watching the procession passing St Mary's Cathedral, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14972.

1937

Crowds watching women students marching in the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14985.

1937

Passing Hyde Park, one of the two floats about the Spanish Civil War, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14999.

1937

A women's float, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14974.

1937

The women scientists' float, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14971.

1937

The women Medical and Law students' float, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14980.

1937

The Sydney University Women's Undergraduate Association float, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_15000.

1937

The women Veterinary students' float which was followed by girls on horseback, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: Hood_14981h. This float won first prize in the serious section.

1937

Female students in the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14989.

1937

Part of the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14976.

1937

A knight and his lady, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14970.

1937

Three male students, possibly satirizing Oswald Mosley, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14977.

1937

'Agriculture Nude Club goes for a hike', photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14982.

1937

Another 'bride', photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14983.

1937

'Queen Lairy - The one and only male steamer', photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_14995.

1938

Festival Week: 10-14 May 1938:
– It was no longer held in the last week of Lent Term, but in the second last week. The change was made because the University authorities considered that the holding of the main functions of Commemoration Week in the last week of term "meant that practically no work was done during the remainder of the week". Festival Day, the procession and sport day were held on the Thursday and Friday of the previous week, as an experiment.
– The revue was held on most nights of the Festival week.
– Thursday 13 May: Festival Day began with a city procession. Seventy-one floats took part with almost 1/5 of these entered by women. Twelve ancient motor cars competed for the prize for the one that completed the journey unaided. The judging of the floats took place when they had returned to the University and during the afternoon some 3,000 people visited the University.
– Friday 14 May: Sports afternoon and nightclubs.
– Friday 21 May: The Undergraduates' Ball was held at the Trocadero on the last night of term. Hundreds of students joined with gusto in singing songs from the songbook (SMH, 16 April & 21 May 1938).

1938

Women's College students performing a dance 'She's and Ski's' in the students' revue on the evening of Monday 10 May, which opened Festival Week, photo from Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

The 'Ladies of Medicine III' in the car outside the Medical School for the Festival Day procession on Thursday 13th, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18200.

1938

These women medical students were dressed up as men and travelled in an old horse-drawn vehicle in the procession, photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

The Faculty of Agriculture women students' float which won first prize for serious floats, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18211.

1938

Another view of the Agriculture women students' winning float, photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

Women Agriculture students in the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18207.

1938

Women Arts students n the procession, photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

"These Engineering students were nearly non-starters, owing to some slight idiosyncracy under the bonnet. But they made it!" photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

Medicine I students outside the Medical School during the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18201.

1938

Male students outside Tropical Medicine, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18209.

1938

Crowds watching two of the women's floats in the procession opposite the T&G Building in Elizabeth Street photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18197. Another view of the front float appears below.

1938

Women students displayed the history of women at the University: 120 women in 1912, 625 in 1925, and so on, photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

Dental students tilted at the new police courtesy squad in their display in the procession, photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

"Some of the heads were in this float – a brainpower carload", photo, The Australasian, 21 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

Women students marching along Elizabeth and Park Streets, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18214.

1938

Crowds watching the procession in Park Street, with Hyde Park in view, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18199.

1938

"An impressive display by the Engineering Faculty, which took second prize in the University Commemoration Procession through the city," photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1938, National Library of Australia.

1938

Male students in the procession, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18217.

1939

Festival Week: 15-19 May 1939:
– Friday 12 May: The annual Undergraduates Ball at the Trocadero with almost a thousand dancers. A feature of the evening was an "angels" ballet in which the "angels" were complete with haloes and wings, and there was also an exhibition of roller-skating.
– Monday 15 May: Festival Week began.
– Tuesday 16 May: Song-practice was overtaken by a 'battle' between medical, science and engineering students.
– Thursday 18 May: Festival Day - there was a city procession, and then students sang their festival songs which had been a regular feature of the Festival Day until 1934 when some students let off tear gas. For the 5th time in five years, the jacarandah tree in the Quadrangle was removed by students as a festival week 'rag' (SMH, 13 May 1939).

A short film about Commem 1939

A short film about Commem 1939, courtesy, the British Pathe website.

1939

"The procession presented striking burlesques of present-day life against the picturesque background of Hyde Park," photo, Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate, 19 May 1939, National Library of Australia.

1939

One of the floats in the Students' Festival Day procession on Thursday 18 May 1939, photo G3_224_2858_1, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

photo G3_224_2858_3, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

photo G3_224_2858_4, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

photo G3_224_2858_6, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

One of a number of floats commenting on Hitler, photo G3_224_2858_2, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

The Women Evening Students' display, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1939, National Library of Australia.

1939

A polyglot collection of ancient automobiles was a popular feature in the procession, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1939, National Library of Australia.

1939

Another display, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1939, National Library of Australia.

1939

photo G3_224_2858_5, University of Sydney Archives.

1939

And another, photo from The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1939, National Library of Australia.