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Past Events & Reunions

1958-59 Diploma Reunion

It is 55 years since we came together at Canterbury Agriculture College as it was known then. Among our number was a sizeable contingent of Aussies. Over the years we have organised reunions. As the years have passed we have increased the frequency from initially 10 to five years and more recently to four and now to three years. The last three occasions have developed from a long weekend based at Lincoln to extended week long tours initially in Melbourne and Victoria, to Canterbury, Mount Cook and Wanaka and this year to Tasmania. 24 old students plus partners descended on Launceston for a week of conviviality, sightseeing and knowledge gathering.

Old friendships were quickly reinvigorated and years slipped away as we recalled our past exploits. Some declared the stories about them were embellished and a mile from what actually occurred but they sounded incredibly accurate to me. We are now farmers, investors, consultants, accountants, parents, grandparents and yes some are retired.


Ron Hay from Melbourne and Judy and Kerry Kilby from Tasmania organised a wonderful programme which took in a huge slice of Tasmania from farms and tourist spots, to an art gallery, museums, a railway, yes a distillery, Mount Lyell Mining, a harbour cruise from Strahan, the Port Arthur convict settlement, and Government House in Hobart. There were any number of highlights one of which was an address by the West Coast Mayor, Mr Darryl Gerrity a whimsical character, a part time mayor in an area which he feels is missing out and his novel ways of attracting attention from state and national politicians.

Yes indeed it was a great week, friendships renewed, new experiences enjoyed and above all an appreciation of the legacy Lincoln handed to each and everyone of us. A huge thank you to Judy, Kerry and Ron, to our bus driver and all those others that shared their time with us. The batten has now been passed on to Bill Ritchie who has accepted the challenge of organising our next reunion in the North Island of New Zealand in three years’ time.

By Lincoln University Alumus: Bevan Whitty