150th Anniversary / Alumni

Engineering Alumni celebrate 150 Years

The School’s most senior alumni and most recent graduates have recently celebrated the 150th anniversary in style through the Engineering reunion program.


50 Years and Over Lunch, 29 April 2011

The annual 50 Years and Over Lunch was held on Friday, 29 April at Trinity College, giving our engineering graduates from 1961 or earlier a chance to celebrate the anniversary together. Almost 170 alumni and their guests joined us for what we believe to be the largest 50 Years and Over Lunch to date, including a number of guests from interstate and regional Victoria.

Engineering Alumni at the 50 Years and Over Lunch in the Trinity College Dining Hall

Engineering Alumni at the 50 Years and Over Lunch in the Trinity College Dining Hall

After welcome drinks in the Junior Common Room, guests moved to the Dining Hall and were welcomed by Roy Hardcastle AO (BCE 1948) as a representative of the 150th working group, and by the host of the lunch and Acting Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor Peter Scales.

The ‘young ones’ who finished their degrees in 1961 were given a warm welcome by the wider group, and the most senior alumni present were also recognised for their commitment in attending the lunch, including special guest Sir Archie Glenn OBE (BCE 1933).

Professor Scales also acknowledged the passing of a number of engineering alumni from the cohort, including John Hamilton, Dr Bill Bonwick and Sir James Foots AO and more recently, Victor Jennings OBE.

After lunch Professor Geoff Stevens addressed the audience on Australia’s potential role as an ongoing energy superpower, followed by a lively question time with the audience. Emeritus Professor Leonard Stevens AM (BCE 1950) also addressed the group and spoke about the importance of providing opportunities for students to broaden their experience and networks through extra-curricular activities. He asked fellow alumni to share in this vision by supporting the Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal, established to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

Alumni examining the 'mystery object' at the 50 Years and Over lunch

Alumni examining the ‘mystery object’ at the 50 Years and Over lunch

A highlight of the lunch was the circulation of a mystery object found in the Cultural Collection of the Geomatics Department – guests were asked to submit informed guesses as to what the object might be. For the first time, guests had the opportunity to be seated with others who completed their degree at a similar time, leading to a number of ‘mini reunions’ throughout the event.

Three Master of Engineering students were also present to meet with alumni, as recipients of the Master of Engineering Scholarship program supported by the Melbourne University Engineering Foundation and made possible through the generosity of many attendees at the lunch.

Guests were also encouraged to share their stories and memories of engineering at Melbourne by sending in stories for the 150th blog – available at http://mse150.wordpress.com/ and asked to express interest in attending the black tie 150th Gala Dinner at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday, 28 October 2011.

An online photo gallery from the Lunch is at http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/alumni/images/events/50YearsandOver2011/


Some membes of the working group for the 2006-2010 Alumni Reunion

Some members of the working group for the 2006-2010 Alumni Reunion

2006-2010 Engineering Alumni Reunion


The Prince Alfred pub, known to many as PAs, has long been a favourite of engineering students at the University of Melbourne. So it was fitting that undergraduate and postgraduate graduates from 2006 – 2010 converged on the upstairs function room on Friday, 20 May for their reunion.

A large working group (19 in total) helped to promote the event on Facebook and resulted in 85 alumni from all disciplines attending a great Friday night drinks. Many came straight from work and all enjoyed catching up with old friends and making some new contacts, over a beer or two.

Recent engineering graduates celebrate 150 years of engineering education upstairs at PA's

Recent engineering graduates celebrate 150 years of engineering education upstairs at PA’s


A highlight of the evening, or a “new tradition” as it was deemed, was a performance of a reworked version of the 80s classic “Summer of 69” that included references to BBQs on South Lawn, cramming for exams and lengthy graduation ceremonies.

Performed by Professor Jamie Evans (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Professor Andrew Ooi (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr Gavin Buskes (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), the song was videoed and can be found on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvk-sYaYaMQ. The lyrics are below.


The night continued with some impromptu karaoke and a guitar solo from Nicholas McKay (Civil 2009) and left many of our more recent engineering graduates asking when the next Friday night catch-up would be…

Got my first real textbook
Stole it from the Baillieu lib
Read it up ‘til Chapter Two
And then it was lecture time

You and some guys from school
Sat up the back and talked real hard
Couldn’t believe, Ooi was married
(You) didn’t think he could’ve got that far

Oh when you look back now
Those lectures seemed to last forever
But if you had the choice
Yeah, you’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of your life

Ain’t no use complaining’
When you have assignments due
Spent your evenings doing nothing
And then copied from Prue!

Standin’ on the South Lawn
You thought that keg would last forever
And when you jumped the moat
You thought that you were very clever
Those were the best days of your life

Cramming at exam time

Man we were wastin’ time
You were young and feckless
Your life was so sublime
I guess nothin’ can last forever –

And now that you’re out workin’
Can’t go home until your boss has gone
Sometimes when you see your old textbook
(You) think about life wonder what went wrong

Graduatin’ (at) Wilson Hall
You thought that it would take forever
And when they shook your hand
You knew that you were very clever
That was the best day of your life

Cramming at exam time

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