CSU tribute to Anzac in Bathurst

24 APRIL 2015

Staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst paused solemnly today to reflect on the service of young men from one of its predecessor institutions, the Bathurst Experiment Farm. The ceremony was prompted by Mr Sam Malloy, a PhD researcher and sessional academic in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, who has investigated the 1914-1918 Honor Roll on the historic building on campus known as 'The Cow Shed'. Mr Malloy spoke briefly to those who had gathered to pay tribute, before a wreath was laid by CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, and Head of Campus in Bathurst, Professor Jo-Anne Reid. "It is most fitting that we gather here this morning on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the landing of the ANZACs at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915," Mr Malloy said. "This small historic brick building, which many of us walk past every day, carries this Honor Roll dedicated to 139 young men who served and died in the First World War. These men are not only special because of what they did as patriotic young Australians serving in a war so far away, but they lived and worked where we stand now, as students and staff of the old Bathurst Experiment Farm, which some of us also know as the Bathurst Agricultural Research Station." Mr Malloy noted that this memorial carries not just the names of students, but also the names of teachers and 'farm' staff who taught and supported the students. "These 139 men went about their daily studies and practical work in the paddocks, orchards, and timber and brick buildings that existed here on this campus site in 1915," Mr Malloy said. "This memorial is a poignant reminder of them and the carefree lives they once led, here, at the former Bathurst Experiment Farm. Lest we forget."

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