The Queen Mother opens Flinders

On 17 March a Bill was passed by the South Australian Parliament to create the University.

The Flinders University of South Australia was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on 25 March.

The state's second university officially came into being on 1 July with a student enrolment of 400.

Queen Mother at the official opening of Flinders University

The founding staff and associations

Professor Peter Karmel was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor and served from 1966 to 1971.

Sir Mark Mitchell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Adelaide, was appointed the first Chancellor.

Felicity Hughes, the first female academic, was appointed in the Department of English.

The Sports Association and Student Representative Council were formed.

Sister Deirdre Jordan, later to become Chancellor, was appointed to the University Council.

The footbridge

In this year construction of the footbridge commenced.


Professor of Education appointed

Professor James Richardson was appointed Professor of Education. His portfolio was to Head of the School of Education and act as the Principal of Bedford Park Teachers' College. This was seen as an ideal opportunity to improve the standards of teaching education in South Australia. The physical barriers of separate locations created mental barriers and eventually this partnership was dissolved some 5 years later.

1967 Independence Day at Flinders University

1967 Independence Day at Flinders University


Flinders medical school approved

By the end of 1968, approval was given by the state Liberal Government to establish a medical school at Flinders, the second in the state. This was endorsed by the Australian Universities Commission in May 1969.


Empire Times first published

Empire Times , the controversial student newspaper, began its long and colourful history in 1969.


Student ratios favour male students

Ratio of female/male students was 35/65 respectively.

Group of male and female students working

University Hall

University Hall was opened providing accommodation for 170 overseas and country students.


Flinders Medical Centre and the School of Medicine

Planning commenced for the construction of the Flinders Medical Centre and the School of Medicine.

Professor Karmel resigns

Professor Karmel resigned as Vice-Chancellor to become Chairman of the Australian University Commission.

A new Chancellor

The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Bright was appointed Chancellor.

Honourable Mr Justice Charles Bright