Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter

Hawkesbury Agricultural College badgeWelcome to the Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter. With graduates from as far back as 1891, the chapter has been established to ensure that graduates can retain their links to the University.

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Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter Events and Latest News

2016 Celebrate Hawkesbury Luncheon - Save the Date!

This year's Celebrate Hawkebsury Luncheon will be held on Friady 24 June. More information to follow shortly. To register your interest and to ensure you receive an invitation, keep your details updated with the alumni office via alumni@westernsydney.edu.au or phone 9685 9500.

2016 Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join us for the Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter (HAC) Annual General Meeting for 2016.

Date: Tuesday, 29 March 2016 from 6:00pm
Venue: Building K12, Hawkesbury Campus
Corner of Bourke Street and Londonderry Road, Richmond
(Entry via Bourke Street)
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2014 Celebrate Hawkesbury Luncheon

Hawkesbury Alumni, staff and friends attended the 2014 Celebrate Hawkesbury Luncheon to celebrate the rich history and exciting future of Hawkesbury campus along with the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover.

Hawkesbury Campus has been a part of the lives of thousands of students, staff and friends of the University for over 120 years, and continues to cement its place as an internationally recognised education and research institution. 

Photos from the 2014 Celebrate Hawkesbury Luncheon can be viewed on the Alumni Facebook page online (opens in a new window).

To ensure you receive updates, please join the Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter Online (opens in a new window) now, or ensure you update your contact details with the Alumni office via email at alumni@westernsydney.edu.au.

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University Archives

The University Archives is the official repository for inactive University records having long-term administrative, legal, scientific, research or historical value. The archives may also include professional and personal records/manuscripts of members of the University staff, student organisations and the community, donated to the University for preservation and use. For more information visit the University Archives Online Now.

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Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter Membership

Every graduate of Western Sydney University is invited to join the Hawkesbury Alumni. Membership is free.

To join, please register to GradLife Online and nominate the Hawkesbury Alumni in the Chapters section.

Hawkesbury Agricultural College Films

Hawkesbury Agricultural College Promotional Film, c. 1927

This silent film shows various views of Hawkesbury Agricultural College and activities, and was aimed at attracting new students to the College.

This film includes footage of the Fairy Circle, the main drive and the College gun. The film also illustrates various practical lessons including the spraying of crops, tomato plants, harvesting, and the Dairy and Butter Factory. The dairy herd, piggery, poultry section and the apiary are also pictured. Included are statistics of the Colleges produce for the period 1924-1925.

Edited and produced by Empire Ads Sydney.

Hawkesbury Agricultural College Activities, c. 1946 

This silent film shows many of the practical lessons taught at the College, such as harvesting (both horse drawn and tractor) and the harvest being carried from the field on trucks and horse drawn carts. The construction of haystacks and the packing of produce is also captured. Various activities in the orchard are also illustrated including students receiving instruction on pruning, spraying the orchard and picking pears. This film demonstrates wool classing, shearing and instruction on horse breaking.

Hawkesbury Agricultural College Various Film Clips, c. 1955/1956

This silent film shows various views of Hawkesbury Agricultural College and activities, and was aimed at attracting new students to the College.

This film includes footage of the Fairy Circle, the main drive and the College gun. The film also illustrates various practical lessons including the spraying of crops, tomato plants, harvesting, and the Dairy and Butter Factory. The dairy herd, piggery, poultry section and the apiary are also pictured. Included are statistics of the Colleges produce for the period 1924-1925.

The Hawkesbury Diploma in Dairy Technology, c. 1956/1957

This is a promotional film produced by the Milk Board of NSW to highlight the processes and skills required by the dairy industry and the career options available to Dairy Diploma graduates.

Hawkesbury Agricultural College developed students academic and practical skills with students taught to care for the dairy herd, processing of milk into a wide variety of dairy products as well as supplementary skills such as welding, and how to operate and maintain boilers. Students were also encouraged to participate in debating competitions, sporting teams and to take on leadership roles with the Students Representative Council. This film shows a student and parent being interviewed by Principal Richardson to plan the students study and career path, visits to commercial dairy factories to broaden students' experiences and a Diploma Day presentation of Hawkesbury Diploma in Dairy Technology.

This film includes footage of the Fairy Circle, the Main Administration Block and aerial views of the College. The student residences, Memorial Hall and library are also filmed. The sporting pursuits of the students are illustrated with footage of a cricket match, tennis, diving and swimming, a Rugby Union match, high jump and hurdling. This film captures all aspects of an operational dairy factory demonstrating the processes involved in handling fresh milk, the production of cream, ice cream and butter, and the manufacturing of powdered or sweetened condensed milk. The production and manufacture of cheese is revealed including the operation of the cheese vat and the curing rooms. The College Dairy Factory produced cheddar, gruyere, blue vein, and edam cheeses. Academic lessons are also shown including lectures in refrigeration and steam raising plants, laboratory lessons and business principles and bookkeeping.

A 1956 Diploma in Dairy Technology is shown at the end of the film.

Presented by the Milk Board of NSW. Produced by John Kingsford Smith, a Kingcroft Production.

Hawkesbury Agricultural College Open Day, c. 1978

This Open Day was held in conjunction with an international horticultural exhibition, the largest ever staged in Australia by 1978. Demonstrations included how to breed horses, bread baking, weaving, and how to grow Australian shrubs. This film includes an aerial view of the College and views of the sheep paddocks. There is footage of the orchard and fruit picking, horse demonstrations and a view of Stable Square. The principal at the time, Dr Graham Swain, provides his views on the College and its role.