Burwood Teachers College Celebrations

7 May 2014

Reunion of 1964 Football Premiers

In 1964, a game of football was won by a point, and is being celebrated to this day by the Burwood Teachers College 1964 Football Premiers!  Fifty years on, the team got together, almost in its entirety, as they caught up over lunch and laughter at the Harp of Erin in Kew on Tuesday 15 April.

The football team, captained by John Wright, were all fellow students of the then, Burwood Teachers College. Also present were wives of players (also Burwood Teachers College students), college lecturer and coach of the team Graeme Corr, and beloved Principal and supporter, Laurie Shears.

Team members spoke about their memories of the match day, and about the bond between the students of the Burwood Teachers College more generally. Amongst speeches, a moments silence was held for those team members who are no longer with us.

The day was organised by John Vickerman who said "The reunion was a very special & enjoyable day. Fifty years is a long time but teammates quickly recalled the events of fifty years ago. It was wonderful having Laurie Shears & Graham Corr attend. The College experiences we enjoyed were unique & will probably not be repeated as college life has changed. We all recall our College days as a great part of our life".

Thanks also to Trevor Rush & John Wright who helped with the organisation of this event.

Reunion of class commencing 1964

Over twenty Alumni from the Burwood Teachers College who commenced their course together in 1964, gathered recently over lunch at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus. The group enjoyed reminiscing about their times at the former site of the Burwood Teachers College and marvelled at the growth of Deakin University since commencing with the College 50 years ago.

The Burwood Teachers College opened in 1954 and later merged with the State Colleges of Victoria in 1973. The State Colleges were eventually merged with Deakin University in 1991.
More celebrations will be planned this year as part of Deakin University's 40th anniversary. If you know a Deakin graduate who is not an alumni member, please encourage them to register at deakin.edu.au/alumni so they can be updated on events, reunions and other alumni initiatives.


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