Annual Town and Gown Dinner
The annual Town and Gown Dinner of the University of Melbourne celebrates the collaboration of academia, business and industry, government and community organisations in creating mutual benefits for, and sharing them with, the wider community.
The 2011 Dinner
The 2011 Town and Gown Dinner was held on Tuesday 18 October at Ormond College.
The Honourable Ted Baillieu MLA, Premier of Victoria, delivered the Toast to the Gown and The Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC, Deputy Chancellor, University of Melbourne, delivered the Toast to the Town.
Transcripts of Town and Gown Speeches 2011:
- Toast to the Gown - The Honourable Ted Baillieu MLA (PDF, 744kb)
- Toast to the Town - The Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC (PDF, 96kb)
Previous Town and Gown Dinners
The 2009 Dinner
The 2009 Town and Gown Dinner was held on Wednesday June 4 at University House.
Dr Patrick McCaughey, former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria , delivered the Toast to the Gown and Professor Sharman Pretty, Dean, Faculty of the VCA and Music, delivered the Toast to the Town.
The 2008 dinner
The 2008 Town and Gown Dinner was held on Wednesday June 11 in the Dining Room, Newman College, University of Melbourne.
Mr Leigh Clifford, AO, Chairman, Qantas Airways Limited, proposed the Toast to the Gown and Professor Margaret Abernethy, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne, proposed the Toast to the Town.
Transcripts of Town and Gown Speeches 2007:
- Toast to the Gown - Mr Leigh Clifford, AO (PDF, 744kb)
- Toast to the Town - Professor Margaret Abernethy (PDF, 96kb)
The 2007 dinner
The 2007 Town and Gown Dinner took place at the Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 19 June 2007.
Professor Peter McPhee, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) proposed the Toast to the Town and Ms Gail Davidson, Principal, Northcote High School, proposed the Toast to the Gown.
Short presentations illustrating aspects of the work of the University were also made by academic members of staff and students - Dr Charles Schencking, Historical Studies, Dr Marilys Guilleman and Dr Lynn Gillam, Centre for Health and Society in the School of Population Health, Mr Dylan Barber, a graduate in Veterinary Science who is now studying Law, and Ms Wenona Lok, a undergraduate student in Media & Communications.
Transcripts of Town and Gown speeches 2007:
- Toast to the Gown - Ms Gail Davidson (PDF, 156kb)
- Toast to the Town - Professor Peter McPhee (PDF, 96kb)
The 2006 dinner
The 2006 Town and Gown Dinner took place at the Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria on Wednesday 19 July 2006. Professor Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Development) proposed the Toast to the Town and Mr Michael Traill, Chief Executive Officer, Social Ventures Australia, proposed the Toast to the Gown.
The program for the evening was themed "Engaging the Town and Gown communities" and featured Associate Professor Tim van Gelder of Austhink in the Department of Philosophy, Mr Bryan Dawe and Mr Simon Uthmeyer of Phillips Fox making a short presentation about criticalthinking and another presentation by players from the Melbourne Theatre Company directed by MTC Artistic Director, Simon Phillips"
Transcripts of Town and Gown speeches 2006:
- Toast to the Gown - Mr Michael Traill (PDF, 112kb)
- Toast to the Town - Professor Vijoleta-Braach Maksvytis (PDF, 104kb)
View the Knowledge Transfer Showcase video (4 minutes, with sound, transcript and links to relevant web sites) for more information.
The 2005 dinner
The 2005 Town and Gown Dinner took place at the Melbourne Museum on 31 August.
Giving the "Toast to the Town" was Mr John McFarlane, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, proposed the "Toast to the Town."
The program included short presentations on "Science and the Arts" by Professor Geoff McFadden of Botany, Associate Professor Phil Batterham of the Bio21 Institute, and Dr Alice Garner of History.
Dr Meryln Quaife, Head of Voice in the Faculty of Music, gave a short performance, "Three Aspects of Love."
Media releases about announcements made at the 2005 Town and Gown Dinner:
- Prominent Australians join the University of Melbourne
- Art, science initiatives announced by the University of Melbourne
Transcripts of Town and Gown speeches 2005:
- Challenging the role of corporations in our Society (PDF, 32 kb) by Mr John McFarlane
- Toast to the Town (PDF, 19 kb) by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis