It was an experiment; one that we will not wait another 125 years to repeat.
We believe that Welcome Home Week was the first event of its kind to be staged by an Australian university and it proved to be a crowning week in a year of 125th Anniversary celebrations.
While it is difficult to be precise with numbers, it appears that up to 17,000 found some way to engage with the university across the week, to reconnect with former classmates and lecturers and to re-engage with the institution that turned them into citizens of the world.
From gala dinners to bush tucker luncheons, from government receptions to college reunions, from golf days to white water rafting, it was a social, intellectual and sporting smorgasbord. For some it was the lure of seminars or exhibitions, for others it was the Faculty of Law Reunion BBQ, the Medical School 50th, or the Southern Gospel Choir's performance in the finale concert. Still more relished the revival of the north-south rowing rivalry in the Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge.