Series 63 - Ceremonial documents mainly relating to installation of Lord Bruce as first Chancellor

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Ceremonial documents mainly relating to installation of Lord Bruce as first Chancellor


  • 1952 - 1956 (Creation)

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1 m (one non-standard and 4 type 10 boxes)

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(1946 -)

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The Australian National University was established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1946 and is governed by a Council. Its founding mission was to be of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation, to support the development of national unity and identity, to improve Australia's understanding of itself and its neighbours, and to contribute to economic development and social cohesion. Its mandate was to undertake 'postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance'. This national mission gives the University a distinctive relationship with the Australian Federal Government. It was Australia's only full-time research university with four initial Research Schools (Physical Sciences, Medical Research, Social Sciences and Pacific Studies). Undergraduate courses have been taught since 1960, when it amalgamated with Canberra University College.

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This series includes greetings from universities in the form of scrolls, leatherbound folders and documents, a register signed by representatives of other universities, the presentation copy of Lord Bruce’s honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and printed programs and briefing papers relating to the installation of Lord Bruce as the first Chancellor on 23 October 1952. There are also two scrolls from the University of Melbourne relating to their centenary in 1953.


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Open access, some scrolls are in Latin and other languages, the scrolls require careful handling

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 1 November 2007




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