Long lost, of course, but good at the time.
31 OCT 2007
You will find I have mentioned S L Goldberg (1926-1991) before: on Lines from a Floating Life. Back in 1964 he was just coming into his own as Challis Professor of English at the University of Sydney, having taken up his duties during 1963 when I had a year out working at the MLC Insurance Company in Martin Place where they vainly tried to seduce me into a business or legal career. The next few years were to see the English Department split in two, and by decade’s end Goldberg had gone. When I returned to Sydney University for a temporary secondment as a lecturer in 1977 he was just a memory, albeit with a few acolytes still hanging on, and a cricket team named in his honour, or in honour of his mentor the Downing College Cambridge literary critic F R Leavis…
I haven’t changed at all.
My mother and I at my graduation in 1965
What was happening in 1964? This one proved very important but I am not sure I really noted it at the time: Student Action for Aborigines was formed at the University of Sydney in 1964. I did buy Kath Walker’s ground-breaking book though.
Check the year 1964 and scroll down month by month: this is the summary:
Australia’s estimated population: 11, 280, 429
- no award is made in the Archibald prize
- Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music established
- Robert Helpmann’s ballet The Display, with music by Malcolm Williamson
- Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance with the Australian Ballet
- Patrick White’s play Night On Bald Mountain
Film & Television
- The Mavis Bramston Show and Homicide premiere
- Bobby Limb wins the Gold Logie
- Transfiguration wins the AFI Award
- Donald Horne’s The Lucky Country
- George Johnston’s My Brother Jack
- Kath Walker’s We Are Going
- NSW public servants are granted four weeks’ annual leave
- Child endowment extended to children 16-21 in full-time education
- Australian athletes win 6 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics
- Dawn Fraser is named Australian Of The Year
And The Beatles arrived in June…
George Street Sydney in the early 1960s
I didn’t do my 1964 exams in the following conditions. I had hepatitis towards the end of that year and consequently sat supplementaries. I also caused Professors Wilkes and Goldberg and all to have gamma-globulin injections in case I had infected them!
An exam in the old Fisher Library in 1964
Now imagine 50 years before 1964. That’s right: 1914!