UCSA Memories from the Town Site

University of Canterbury alumni share their memories of the university's Town Site.

Last updated
11:02am 13th November 2017
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Collection
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qsr-collection:994

Canta in the 1950s
Canta in the 1950s
Pages from the University of Canterbury student magazine, Canta, published in the 1950s.
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Kevin Luxford's memories from the 1950s and 1960s
Kevin Luxford's memories from the 1950s and 1960s
Kevin says, "My memories pertain to the old StudAss at the Town site. I started my studies for my B.Sc. and B.E. in 1959. In February of 1960 I met this charming girl at Jackie Lester's tutorial school. I saw her again in Chemistry I lectures (I for the second time and she for the third). We gradually got to know each other and we would have coffee together in the old StudAss. One day, as I pulled out a cigarette to have with my coffee, she looked at me seriously and said, 'If I were ever thinking of marrying anybody, I would much prefer that they did not smoke.' Asking her for the reason why she did not like blokes who smoked, she told me that several years previously (in 1956) she had watched her beloved father die of lung cancer. I was then ignorant of the connection between smoking and cancer. "I tried to give up smoking all the next Lent. I was living at Rochester Hall, and I emptied my ash tray into a waste paper bucket in my room, but never emptied that. The nauseating smell in my room was indescribable. Then on Easter Monday, I ran out of smokes, and have not had one since. "That quiet and solemn warning in the old StudAss has probably prolonged my life, and has saved me thousands of dollars in purchases of tobacco avoided, let alone medical costs. "And that girl is still giving me solemn warnings some 56 years later. "The other memory that I have is that of Anne Ballin (later Dame Anne) asking me to carry her upstairs. She did not have full use of her legs and people used to carry her up or down the stairs as she needed. I did as she asked, but was ever fearful of stumbling or even dropping her. "I also have wonderful memories of staff members who did me huge favours that materially helped me on my way to completion of my two UC degrees. K. Walter Roth who quickly and economically showed me how to study after a disastrous failure in Physics III, Bernie Withers who lent me his vintage Bentley (I think it was) to take my infant son and wife to the emergency room at Christchurch hospital, and Frank Newstead who tutored me in the basics of Drawing and Design in his own home every Wednesday evening for some six weeks because I had been exempted 1st Pro elec eng on account of my B.Sc. "These memories of kindly staff have no doubt influenced my attitudes towards my own Monash University students. "With so many fond memories and wishing you at UC all the very best."
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Mary Priscilla Clark (nee Macleod)'s memories of Murdoch Keith Macleod
Mary Priscilla Clark (nee Macleod)'s memories of Murdoch Keith Macleod
Mary says, "Yesterday I discovered my Great Uncle's name M K Macleod on the plaques below the large stained glass window in the Great Hall. Murdoch Keith Macleod died at Passchendaele on 13th October 1917. He had studied at the School of Art, where he had won a scholarship in 1911 and became an architect, firstly assisting Hurst Seager and in 1914 becoming a partner with Hurst Seager. "Murdoch Keith Macleod's brother was Dr Donald Bannerman Macleod, who became Professor of Physics at Canterbury University College until he retired in 1953. He had been awarded the Hector Medal for his work in the field of molecular physics. "On my mother's side her mother Priscilla Dyson graduated with an MA in History and English about 1906/07, My mother Miriam Joyce Kidd graduated with a BA in Geography and English about 1935 and was at Teachers' College 1936/37 and I ended up graduating in 1970 with a BA in Geography and Education, having attended teachers' College in 1966/67. "Greatly appreciated the tour of the Chemistry block, it is looking stunning, and brought back memories of Stage 3 Education lectures on Child development with Prof Phillip Lawrence, up on the top floor of that block in 1968."
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Photographs of Graduation
Photographs of Graduation
Black and white photographs of University of Canterbury graduands and graduation events during the 1950s ad 1960s. The photographs were sourced from archives held at Macmillan Brown Library.
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Photographs of students and staff of University of Canterbury Halls of Residence
Photographs of students and staff of University of Canterbury Halls of Residence
Scanned copies of a black and white photographs depicting students and staff of University of Canterbury halls of residence during the 1950s and 1960s. The photographs were sourced from archives held at the Macmillan Brown Library.
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Photographs of the Annual Avon River Race
Photographs of the Annual Avon River Race
Photographs of the annual Avon River race, which was part of capping week. The photographs are from the 1950s and were sourced from archives held in Macmillan Brown Library.
Contains 2 items