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Agricultural Science at La Trobe University: 1968–72 : The First Agricultural Science Intake

By Falvey, Lindsay, Dr.

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Title: Agricultural Science at La Trobe University: 1968–72 : The First Agricultural Science Intake  
Author: Falvey, Lindsay, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Agriculture, History of first years of La Trobe University
Collections: Authors Community, Education
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Publisher: Fasi
Member Page: Lindsay Falvey


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This document began as a collation of reminiscences of the continuing students from the first agricultural science intake at La Trobe University in 1968. From that modest objective, it expanded to include entries from and about the early staff appointed to the School of Agriculture in recognition of the inseparability of students and staff in forming a pioneering academic environment. The document then grew further to include reference to the University’s planning before its opening in 1967 for this flagship applied science course, and its appointment of the key figure – Prof Bob Reid – who brought the vision to reality.

Agricultural Science at La Trobe University entered its Jubilee Year just as the university concluded its overall Jubilee. As a brand new institution opening in 1967, the university was part of a wider vision that had driven 1960s Australia to cater for its future. It was about education, not jobs; intellectual understanding, not practical training. The vision was initially reified through the humanities and social sciences – the arts. There were also pure sciences – but even before the university opened it had been agreed to include one of the applied sciences, Agricultural Science. At the time this showed laudable foresight, for such courses were the nearest thing Australia had produced to a liberal-arts degree. The very statement seems incredible today, yet Agricultural Science was then the degree that included each of the pure, applied and social sciences – and it did this through an intensive course spread across four years. And for La Trobe University, it was to be a valued asset.

Fifty years may seem a short time in the 700-year history of the modern university, yet much has been accomplished in young universities willing to build on the experience of their international collegium. The creation of the Agricultural Science course at La Trobe University was designed to usher in a new era in agricultural science education. It ably met this challenge under the leadership of its Foundation Professor, Bob Reid.

Table of Contents
Foreword by the Chancellor iii Introductory Note v 1968–2018: Golden Jubilee 1 Chapter 1 La Trobe @ 50 3 Chapter 2 Agricultural Science @ La Trobe University 7 Chapter 3 Foundation Professor Robert Lovell Reid and his Philosophy 11 Chapter 4 The First Agricultural Science Intake, FASI 17 Chapter 5 Memories and Stories of FASI, 1968 to 1971/2 25 Marg Bright (née Christie) 26 Lindsay Falvey 28 Steve Funston 31 David and Marg Gillespie 34 Ian Hamer 36 Roger Hooley 38 Geoff Hubbard 42 Rob Irwin 43 Graeme McGregor 46 Peter Morgan 48 Philip Noakes 49 Neville Oddie 53 Wilma Andrews (née Ord) 56 Jim Shovelton 59 Ian Taylor 62 John Whitford 64 Chapter 6 The First Staff and Associates, 1969–72 69 Jane Chalmers (née Reid) 71 Helen van Riet 72 Nick Uren 76 David Leaver 79 Charles Lamp 81 Allan Lee 83 Richard Luke 86 Peter Cranwell 90 Steve Willatt 96 Lindsay Jolley 98 David Lane 100 Rob Dumsday 102 David Connor 106 John Quilkey 109 Nell Tuininga 111 John Adeney 111 Monty Foster 111 Norman Caldwell 111 Ian Tuck 111 Stuart Hawkins 112 Staff-Student Cohesion 112 Chapter 7 Nostalgia: Images, Quotations and Unattributed Memories 113 Chapter 8 Fifty Years Reunion, 2018 123 Chapter 9 Legacy 125 Endnotes 127


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