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Farewell to early mature-age student and benefactor

February 7, 2014

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The 1970s were a formative decade at La Trobe University – a new era of educational opportunity and belief that student activism could create a better world. Into that heady mix stepped Iris Manton.  A grandmother  and one of La Trobe’s earliest mature-aged students, she went on to become a life-long friend of the University […]

Aboriginal writer challenges Maralinga ‘whitewash’

May 28, 2013

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West Australian Nyungar Aboriginal elder Dulcie Donaldson is finalising a book that reopens an extremely contentious part of our history – the fate of Indigenous people who in the 1950s lived on the nuclear weapons test range of Maralinga in South Australia. Ms Donaldson recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing […]

NSW Premier’s Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin

May 21, 2013

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A novel by La Trobe student Carrie Tiffany, completed as part of her PhD studies in English, has won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and is one of five works shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Miles Franklin literary award to be announced later this month. Ms Tiffany’s novel Mateship with Birds also won […]

La Trobe Law School – 20 years of achievement

November 30, 2012

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A prized post as Associate to a High Court Judge, two partnerships in a top-tier Australian law firm, and a call to the Canadian Bar….  These are just some of the latest achievements by La Trobe graduates as their Law School concluded its year-long 20th Anniversary celebration in late November with a gala cocktail party […]

New focus on core strengths and values

September 19, 2012

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La Trobe University aims to ‘create new degrees in subject areas where we can clearly claim to be the best in the country – like food security, water and sustainability, human security, and regional Australia’. In a speech that invoked vintage Dylan to highlight education change, Vice-Chancellor John Dewar said: ‘To study in these subjects […]

Alumni Awards – ‘La Trobe ethos’ spans generations

September 4, 2012

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Australia’s former top bureaucrat, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2008 to 2011, Terry Moran AC, and respected author and speechwriter Don Watson have been awarded La Trobe University’s highest honour – the Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2012. They are joined by the architect of Australian industry superannuation and pioneer of […]

Stories from a Queensland past

May 23, 2012

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She remembers Xavier Herbert, celebrated author of ‘Poor Fellow My Country’, back in the 1950s visiting her North Queensland home.  Patsy Coverdale was still a child, but the La Trobe graduate already had a strong interest in the Aboriginal people who lived near her home in Redlynch, Cairns. Surrounded by rain forest and sugar cane country, […]