Class of 1952

10 November, 2012

As usual the main function was held on the first Saturday after Melbourne Cup Day and it took place at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. A group photograph of the 1952 graduates was taken before we sat down. The food and wine was superb and the service was excellent.

When many of us started our medical course in Mildura in 1947 there were 268 medical students. Of these, 115 graduated in 1952. With 184 graduating in 1952, it means 69 joined us after our first year in Mildura. Amongst the 184 graduates, we are aware 87 are now deceased. Hence, 97 are believed to still be alive, and of these we have lost track of 10. At the luncheon 55 1952 graduates attended, the names of 18 were read out, who mainly for medical reasons were unable to attend and the names of the 87 deceased were read out during a period of silence and reflection. One came from New York, two came from Queensland, NSW and WA, one came from Tasmania and many from country Victoria. Many who came were not well and made a wonderful effort to attend.

On Sunday a midday barbecue was held in our back garden for the graduates, their families and friends. A total of 59 attended and enjoyed a catered-for spit roast with wonderful salads, desserts, bar service and an added surprise with chocolates which came in partitioned wooden boxes with advice on how to eat a chocolate! 

Hugh Hadley