St Andrew’s College Annual Lecture
The Annual Lecture takes place in August each year. It is dedicated to an accomplished former resident of the College, is delivered by a prominent member of the wider community and it focuses on contemporary social issues.
2008 – The inaugural lecture was dedicated to the late, great H V (Doc) Evatt and was delivered by Justice Michael Kirby to a capacity audience in the College Chapel on 14 August. Justice Kirby spoke about ‘The Life of H. V. Evatt – at St Andrew’s College, Sydney University and beyond, and about Human Rights then, now and in the future.’
2009 – Again attracting a capacity crowd, this lecture was dedicated to the distinguished Andrewsman, Sir Percival Halse Rogers. It was delivered by Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW, and entitled ‘An Australian Bill of Rights? Is Australia doing enough?’
2010 – Held in honour of the distinguished Andrewsman Dr J J C Bradfield. The lecture entitled ‘The Case for Public Service’ was delivered by the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop AC. Dr Gallop is Director, Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Western Australia, to the promotion of economic development and environmental sustainability, and to the community through educational, health and social reform.
2011 – Named in honour of distinguished Andrewsman, Sir Victor Marcus Coppleson (1893 – 1965) and was delivered by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir,Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney. On Wednesday 31 August, Her Excellency delivered the lecture ‘Lachlan Macquarie 5th Governor of New South Wales A Scotsman’s Legacy to Australasia.’
2013 – Professor Rosalind Croucher addressed the audience in the Chapel on 29 August on the topic of ‘Defining Moments – of Scottish Connections, St Andrew’s College and Crossroads in History.’ This lecture was in honour of the distinguished Reverend Theorora Hobbs (1931 – 2011). Professor Croucher’s 2013 paper can be downloaded here.
2015 – Lieut. Gen. David Morrison AO (Retd.) addressed the audience in the Chapel on 25 August on the topic of ‘Girt by Beach or Girt by Sea? Australia’s perennial security debate – A General’s perspective.’
2016 – Reverend Professor Emeritus James Haire AC addressed the audience in the Chapel on 6 September on the topic of ‘Theology in Violent Times – Commemorating the Legacy of John McIntyre.’