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First Nations Student Centres

  • Agency416
  • Tertiary Institution
  • 1983-

From about 1983, there was a centre dedicated to helping Indigenous students at the Mitchell College of Advanced Education, known as the Aboriginal Study Centre, located in Building W3. (1) Its purpose was to provide assistance and guidance in choosing and applying for courses, finding accommodation, choosing electives, and developing study and assignment skills. The Centre also provided childminding and financial services. (2)

In 1992, Charles Sturt University established the Aboriginal Education Unit. Its purpose was to co-ordinate the Aboriginal Education Centres on the University's three campuses: Winan-Gidyal situated in the Hicks Building on the Albury Wodonga Campus, Wammarra in Building W3 on the Bathurst Campus, and Ngungilanna on the Wagga Wagga Campus. (3)

Around 2002, the name of the Unit changed to the Maldahan Gilaana Indigenous Education Unit and the following year a new Centre was established on the Dubbo campus, named Barraamielinga. (4)

As of 2021, there are seven First Nations Student Centres at Charles Sturt University. Their role with Indigenous Students includes: providing information on how to apply for courses, help with costs, accommodation enquiries, access to computers and printers, rooms for meeting and studying, improving study skills, understanding career options, counselling and other support services, involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day, information on social clubs and events, participation in activities that promote higher education, and opportunities to study overseas. (5) The seven Centres are:

Barraamielinga (to provide) on the Dubbo Campus in Building 905;

Maliyan (symbol of law and justice) on the Goulburn Campus;

Ngarralbaa (thinking, knowing, remembering) on the Port Macquarie Campus in Pitkin House (Building 801, room 2072);

Ngunggilanha (to exchange/give to one another) on the Wagga Wagga Campus (Building 19);

Wammarra (to build one's education) on the Bathurst Campus (Building 1292, ground floor);

Winan Gidyal (learning/knowledge) on the Albury Campus in the Gordon Bevan Building (Building 673, level 2);

NOT YET NAMED on the Orange Campus (Building 1021, Room 5). (6)

References:
(1) Mitchell College of Advanced Education 1983 Handbook, page 18.
(2) Mitchell College of Advanced Education 1989 Handbook, page 12.
(3) Charles Sturt University 1992 Handbook, page 39.
(4) Charles Sturt University 2003 Handbook, page 50.
(5) CSU First Nations Student Centres website, accessed 21 October 2021: https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/support-services/specialist-services/first-nations-students/first-nations-student-centres
(6) CSU First Nations Student Support website, accessed 21 October 2021: https://study.csu.edu.au/get-support

Charles Sturt University

  • Agency323
  • Tertiary Institution
  • 19 July 1989 -

Charles Sturt University was established by the Charles Sturt University Act, 1989 (Act No.76, 1989), which was proclaimed on the 19 July 1989 (1). The Act brought together the Mitchell College of Advanced Education and the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education (2).

The University was created as a federated network University with semi-independent member campuses and a central administration (3).

The Charles Sturt University Amendment Act, 1998 (No.117, 1998) encapsulated in legislation the structure of the University, namely, an integrated, multi-campus structure in which the major academic units, the Faculties, are represented on at least three campuses of the University and the administrative divisions to have University-wide responsibilities (4).

As required by the Act, the University operates main campuses at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga. The University also operates from other locations including the City of Sydney, Manly, Goulburn, Canberra, Morpeth and Broken Hill. The University's headquarters is located at the Bathurst campus (5).

Footnotes and References:
(1) NSW Government Gazette, 14 July 1989, p.4202
(2) Charles Sturt University Undergraduate Handbook 2000.
(3) Op Cit
(4) Op Cit
(5) Op Cit

Agency History compiled by W. Doubleday.

John Shaw

  • Agency455
  • Person

Geography lecturer at the Wagga Wagga Teachers' College.

Ernest Lapthorne, journalist and author

  • Agency449
  • Person
  • 1871-1916

Ernest Lapthorne was born in Huntly, Victoria in 1871 and was the second youngest of a large family of thirteen children. Lapthorne left Victoria in c.1895 and took up a newspaper position in Berrigan, New South Wales, where his brothers Frederic and Charles were carpenters.

In 1896-97, Lapthorne made an interesting trip to the United States and Great Britain and subsequently documented his travel experiences in a series of newspaper articles entitled “From Berrigan to America” and “A Gumsucker Abroad”. The travel journal contains further documentation about his day to day activities abroad and reveals Lapthorne’s assiduous note-taking and budgeting. His scrapbook includes several photographs of Honolulu in Hawaii, as well as photographs of his home town, Berrigan.

After he returned to Australia, Lapthorne moved to Narrandera and became proprietor and editor of the “Narrandera Argus”. He was also active in the Narrandera Public Hospital, becoming treasurer and later president. He held the position of president until he retired in about 1916 due to ill health. Lapthorne died in Narrandera in February 1916 at the age of 44.

The Tumut Advertiser

  • Agency545
  • Business

The Tumut Advertiser was a free weekly newspaper published by Tumut Advertiser Lts at 62a Capper Street, Tumut and was printed by The Riverina Media Group, 48 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga. It distribution was 6000 per week.

The Observer

  • Agency700
  • Business
  • 1970 -

The Coly-Point Observer was established in 1970 and has been part of the Riverina Media Group since 1982. It is distributed throughout the Coleambally and Darlington Point communities once a week.

Evadne Jean Fenn Lusher

  • Agency445
  • Person
  • 1918-

Evadne Jean Fenn Lusher was the daughter of Edwin F and Jean C Lusher of Sydney. The Lusher family arrived in Wagga Wagga in 1926 and Edwin went into partnership with Charles Throsby Young and Fredrick Charles Stellway, becoming Lusher, Young and Stellway Solicitors in Fitzmaurice Street.

Following her 1941 graduation from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts, where she was twice awarded the Albert Prize for Anthropology (1), she entered into articles of clerkship with her father, passing her final law examination in November 1943 (2). Evadne was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW on 28 July 1944 (3). While practicing with Lusher, Young and Stellway in Wagga Wagga, Evadne continued with her studies and presented her thesis titled, "A Sociological Survey of Wagga" to Sydney University in 1945 (4). She was conferred with a Master of Arts (Anthropology) in 1945.

In 1947, artist Molly Johnson entered her portrait of Evadne Fenn Lusher in the Archibald Prize (5). In 1948, she set sail for England and the University of Cambridge where she continued her studies into anthropology. In ?? she was conferred with a Master of Letters and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.

In her spare time, Evadne was also a keen playwright and was a long time member of the Wagga Wagga School of Arts. In 1951, she combined her historical and anthropological talents with her script writing skills and wrote "They Founded a City" for the Wagga Anglican Church's centenary celebrations (6).

Evadne Fenn Lusher married Hugh Hamlyn-Harris at St James' Church in King Street, Sydney on 5 January 1952 (7).

1) The Daily Advertiser - Personal Column https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/145233686
2) The Daily Advertiser - Personal Column https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/143996816
3) The Daily Advertiser - Personal Column https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/144867604
4) The Daily Advertiser - Personal Column https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/144977015
5) The Daily Advertiser - Personal Column https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/145147641
6) 16 November 1951, The Daily Advertiser: Wagga Author's Play of Town's History and Life https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/145576946
7) 12 January 1952, The Daily Advertiser: Wagga Solicitor married in Sydney https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/145623654

Beverley Johnson

  • Agency412
  • Person
  • 1936-

Beverley Johnson enrolled at the Riverina College of Advanced Education in 1978, graduating with distinction in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and was awarded the College Medal. Previous to this, she had trained and worked as an accountant, then enrolled at Mount Beauty High School to complete the Higher School Certificate in 1977 as an adult. Having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, Beverley's career in librarianship had a particular focus on access to information for Australians with disabilities.

Dame Mary Gilmore

  • Agency014
  • Person
  • 16 August 1865 - 3 December 1962

Mary Gilmore was born in 1865 near Goulburn, Australia, the eldest child of David Cameron and Mary Ann Beattie. Her father was a man of many trades, working as a farmer, carpenter, builder and innkeeper throughout his life, while her mother shared Mary’s literary passions, writing for both the ‘Australian Town and Country Journal’ and the ‘Daily Telegraph’. While the family lived in several areas around south-western NSW, Mary spent many of her formative years in Wagga Wagga. She was educated in several Wagga schools throughout her youth where she developed her deep love and appreciation for writing. Mary described learning to write as if “… the gates of the world had opened. I had wings. I could not help writing”. After completing her education, Mary was employed as a pupil-teacher at Wagga Wagga Public School. She continued to teach in and around Wagga for several years. Despite her many travels and adventures later in life, Mary maintained a deep appreciation for the nature and people in Wagga, which she often expressed through her poetry and writings.

In 1890, Mary moved to Sydney and began to teach at Neutral Bay Public School. While in the city, Mary became increasingly entrenched in the radical movements of her day. She became particularly invested in the New Australia movement led by William Lane, often writing for the New Australia Settlement Association’s journal. In 1895, Mary set sail for Cosme, the New Australia Colony in Paraguay, where she would continue to teach and write. It was here that she met and married her husband, William Gilmore. Mary gave birth to their only child, William Dysart Cameron Gilmore in 1898, near Cosme, Paraguay. However, Mary became increasingly unhappy at Cosme and she and her husband resigned from the colony in 1899. They continued to live and work and Paraguay for three years before eventually making their way back to Australia.

After arriving back in Australia, Mary continued to write, becoming increasingly involved in the literary community. She wrote for several bulletins and journals and published her first collection of poetry, ‘Marri’d and other Verses’, in 1910. Mary continued to publish poetry and prose over the next five decades, becoming particularly prolific throughout the Second World War. Mary also became increasingly involved in political activism. She was a champion for Aboriginal rights, industrial arbitration, prison reform, and freedom of the press and often discussed these causes in her poetry and other works. As a friend of her described, “one almost senses an invisible army behind Mary Gilmore when her sense of justice is aroused”. Both her literary works and her activism has made Mary Gilmore an important figure in Australian history. She is now commemorated in Australia by being featured on the ten-dollar bill.

Blair Milan

  • Agency814
  • Person
  • 1981-2011

Student of Charles Sturt University from 2001 to 2003, graduating with distinction in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Theatre and Media). A memorial fund was established by Lyndey Milan and John Caldon in 2011 following his death on 17 April that year from acute myeloid leukaemia. The Blair Milan Memorial Fund now aims to support The Blair Milan Scholarship (awarded to students studying Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University) and The Blair Milan Tour (which helps to support the presentation of the work of final year Theatre/Media students to Australian audiences). In 2017, the Fund stood at $115,006.11.

Robin Julian

  • Agency405
  • Person

Student of Riverina College of Advanced Education, 1972-1975.

William Carnie

  • Agency351
  • Person

Agricultural worker

Australian Society of Soil Science, Riverina Branch

  • Agency317
  • Community group
  • 1962 -

The Australian Society of Soil Science was established in 1955 in Melbourne with their stated objectives being "the advancement of soil science and studies therein with particular reference to Australia", and "to provide a link between soil scientists and kindred bodies within Australia and between them and other similar organisations in other countries."

7 years later, the Riverina Branch was established in 1962.

Today, the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated, known as Soil Science Australia is a not-for-profit, professional association for people interested in the responsible management of Australia’s soil resources. Members work in government departments, research organisations, universities and private enterprise and reside across Australia and overseas. It is a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences.

The Federal Council of the Society coordinates and oversees the federation of seven branches. Each branch has its own committee responsible for organising local educational, professional development and networking events.

Rivcol Drama // University Theatre Ensemble [UTE]

  • Agency319
  • Tertiary Institution
  • 1974 -

Rivcol Drama was established as the dramatic society of the Riverina College of Advanced Education (later the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education). With the change to Charles Sturt University, Rivcol Drama became the University Theatre Ensemble (also known as UTE).

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