- Former Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Tim Fischer’s state funeral will be held in Albury on Thursday 29 August
- Mr Fischer received a Doctor of the University (honoris causa) from Charles Sturt in 2001
- Mr Fischer’s wife Judy Brewer, AO has been a Charles Sturt Pro Chancellor (Southern Region) since 2016
A state funeral for former Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Tim Fischer, AC will be held in Albury on Thursday 29 August.
Heartfelt condolences and memories of the ‘boy from Boree Creek’ have been shared since Mr Fischer’s death on Thursday 22 August after a battle with cancer.
Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann was saddened by the loss of Mr Fischer, who was a passionate advocate of the University.
“Tim Fischer was a great supporter of Charles Sturt and regional Australia, especially the Riverina where he grew up,” Professor Vann said.
“The country has lost a much-loved war veteran, regional advocate, politician and family man.
“The University is grateful for the support and contribution from Mr Fischer over the years and offers condolences to his family, including his wife Judy and their two sons.”
As a former state member for Sturt and Murray, former federal member for Farrer, the leader of the National Party from 1990 to 1999 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999, Mr Fischer fought for services and institutes in regional NSW, including the University.
Mr Fischer received a Doctor of the University ( honoris causa) in 2001 and his wife Judy Brewer, AO has been a Charles Sturt Pro Chancellor (Southern Region) since 2016.
The citation for the conferral of Mr Fischer in 2001 stated “As the long-serving Member for Sturt and Murray in the NSW Parliament and Member for Farrer in the Federal Parliament, Tim has been a staunch supporter of Riverina College, the Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education and more recently, of Charles Sturt University.
“He took a special interest in the incorporation of Wagga Wagga Agricultural College into the Riverina College of Advanced Education, the development of the Albury-Wodonga campus, especially in the rational provision of higher education in Albury-Wodonga, and in the University’s international marketing efforts in South East Asia, particularly in Thailand.”
Mr Fischer’s funeral, which will be attended by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre from 1pm on Thursday 29 August.
Those attending are encouraged to be seated by 12.15pm.