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Monday October 12, 2009

University of Melbourne: Governor General to address Melbourne University tomorrow

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Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of Australia, will be making an official visit to the University of Melbourne tomorrow, Tuesday 13 October from 5pm, to launch the website of the Australian Women’s Register, and to present the Janet, Lady Clark oration on Women in Education.

During her visit the Governor-General will explore some of the remarkable stories of women’s participation in higher education since the early days of the women’s education movement, and the establishment of the first university colleges for women.

While reflecting on this rich history, Ms Bryce will take a fresh look at current patterns of women’s scholarship and their growing potential to contribute in exciting and influential ways to disciplines and fields of learning that are central to Australia’s future as a nation and member of the global community.

The Australian Women’s Regiser is an initiative of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, covering information about individual women, women’s organisations, and archives and publications about women.

It was established in 2000 to build knowledge and recognition of the contribution made by women to Australia.

The Janet Lady Clark Oration, for alumni of the University of Melbourne, is the pinnacle of a series of events jointly organised by Janet Clarke Hall (a residential college of the University). 

The events celebrate the life and generosity of Lady Clarke (1851 – 1909), a philanthropist renowned for her efforts to advance women’s education in Victoria.

More about the Australian Women’s Register:
Woodward Conference Centre, Melbourne Law School, Pelham Street, Carlton, 5pm

More about the Janet Lady Clark Oration:
New Economics and Commerce Building (The Spot), 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton, 6pm
A copy of the speech will be available tomorrow.

Media are welcome to attend these events by prior arrangement.
Please contact Katherine Smith (University Media Office – 0402 460 147).

Source: University of Melbourne news

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