Flinders’ first half-century was a natural occasion to celebrate a truly remarkable record of achievement across an impressive range of endeavour. Through the diverse efforts of an eclectic cohort of teachers, researchers and graduates, Flinders has exerted a profound and distinctive influence on society and in its various communities.
The program of events offered numerous opportunities for the extended Flinders family to join together in marking this milestone, as well as allowing us to showcase our strengths and our capabilities. And while there was plenty of pride and perhaps a little nostalgia involved in the gatherings and reunions of 2016, it was also a wonderful time to focus on our exciting aspirations for the future.
Just as our namesake Matthew Flinders famously remarked he was not content to rest unnoticed in the middle order, Flinders as an institution has never been content with the status quo; we have always looked for ways to make the world a better place by making a positive difference. We look forward to your involvement and support as we embark on our next 50 years in pursuit of this ideal.
The following is just a taste of the activities that were offered as part of the University’s celebration of fifty years of inspiring achievement.
The University’s history of fostering artistic excellence was recognised in the Flinders Fifty Creatives 2016 exhibition.
For our 50th, Flinders gave itself a new heart with its redeveloped Plaza and Student Hub.
Jembatan is a Flinders University 50th Anniversary initiative promoting Australian-Indonesian engagement.
For Flinders’ 50th year, our annual alumni magazine, Encounter, showcased the Flinders of 2016.
July 1 marks the anniversary of Flinders University’s Independence Day.
The Investigator Transformed documents our first 50 years of achievement and impact.
Springfest is a free flowering of festivities in the green and sun-filled heart of Flinders’ Bedford Park campus. Introduced in 2016 as part of the 50th Anniversary, it is now an annual community event,