Students from Australia have been coming to Lincoln University since the year it opened as a School of Agriculture, 1880. The first student from Tasmania, John Hamilton Wise from Hobart, arrived in 1884 and since then there has been a steady stream of students from Australia’s island state.
The Tasmanians are loyal Lincoln alumni and many reunions, gatherings and social engagements have been held down the years. The latest get-togethers have been in Hobart (8 August) and Launceston (9 August) hosted by Anisha Thomas of the University’s Alumni & Development Office.
The reunions were held in association with school visits to the areas by Student Liaison Officer Sophie Prangnell, and in both Launceston and Hobart a number of prospective students attended the alumni reunions. Bringing together the older generation of alumni with potential members of the future generation of students was appreciated by all.
Anisha says there was a high level of enthusiasm and engagement among the alumni attending both reunions. Many good Lincoln stories were told - particularly at the Launceston gathering where raconteurs included Bertram Thomas and John Lord.
Alumnus Frank Archer, prominent in the Australian beef industry, was among those attending the Launceston reunion, and he is particularly keen to maintain Lincoln University’s links with its Tasmanian alumni. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with our alumni in Tasmania as elsewhere in Australia,” says Anisha. “They are valued members of the Lincoln University family.”
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