When we were in Oz last month the first week we stayed on the campus of Macquarie University (Sydney). The same university that my father deposited me to at the end of February 1976!
The day before the journey was spent packing my “stuff” into the back of the old Ford ute and I effectively left home forever the next day. There were many tears shed as my father left me there with fairly pitiful possessions, and drove away. I knew no-one and it was a very long way from home.
The manservant and I stayed in a place which is run by the School of Business Management and which didn’t exist way back then. I lived in Dunmore Lang College a student accommodation facility within walking distance of the university. And, it still looks exactly the same: This is the entrance walking from the uni.
Yes I went wandering around the campus on the *ONLY* rainy day of the entire month home! This building is new….
Student Centre and the all important Student Bar: Many student protests were held in this area (though it didn’t have that fancy “ground” then); save the Franklin River and gay rights featured during my years there.
I had classes in these buildings – they look a little like bunkers don’t they! Few windows mean less distractions I’m sure…. Dunmore Lang is a little hike through parkland from the uni and it was freaky walking home after late classes or after a night at the student bar! I didn’t see additional lighting this visit that would suggest anything has changed!.
Imagine what this was like in the dark!! I’m trying to remember if we even had asphalt way back then – it think it was just a gravel path!