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The original inspiration for the University’s seahorse design came from Plate 46 (Figure 2) in Fairbairn’s Book of Crests. This was Professor Auchmuty’s favourite design (see illustration above).

It is also significant that the arms of the Shortland family, which depict a seahorse; a mythical, heraldic creature, are quite unusual and have been easily adapted to the coat of arms of the University. The differentiation between the Shortland coat of arms and that of the University has been achieved by including the Southern Cross in the upper part, on a azure blue background.

The original inspiration for the University’s seahorse design came from Plate 46 (Figure 2) in Fairbairn’s Book of Crests. This was Professor Auchmuty’s favourite design (see illustration above).

It is also significant that the arms of the Shortland family, which depict a seahorse; a mythical, heraldic creature, are quite unusual and have been easily adapted to the coat of arms of the University. The differentiation between the Shortland coat of arms and that of the University has been achieved by including the Southern Cross in the upper part, on a azure blue background.

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University of Newcastle Proclamation, 1964 (courtesy University of Newcastle Cultural Collections)

University of Newcastle Proclamation, 1964 (courtesy University of Newcastle Cultural Collections)

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Why don’t you take some time away from your computer this Friday and head on down to Bar on the Hill for this year’s Autonomy Day party. The Autonomy Day Party is the culmination of the week-long Festival of Autonomy; the annual celebration of our divorce from the University of NSW. The event kicks off at 7am. Sounds early? It is. Very early. But it’s tradition! There are also billy cart races and a carnival on Oval 4 if you’re that way inclined.

Why don’t you take some time away from your computer this Friday and head on down to Bar on the Hill for this year’s Autonomy Day party. The Autonomy Day Party is the culmination of the week-long Festival of Autonomy; the annual celebration of our divorce from the University of NSW. The event kicks off at 7am. Sounds early? It is. Very early. But it’s tradition! There are also billy cart races and a carnival on Oval 4 if you’re that way inclined.

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Look, that’s where the party is! Friday’s Autonomy Day Party is the culmination of the week-long Festival of Autonomy; the annual celebration of our divorce from the University of NSW. The event kicks off at 7am. Sounds early? It is. Very early. But it’s tradition! There are also billy cart races and a carnival on Oval 4 if you’re that way inclined.

Look, that’s where the party is! Friday’s Autonomy Day Party is the culmination of the week-long Festival of Autonomy; the annual celebration of our divorce from the University of NSW. The event kicks off at 7am. Sounds early? It is. Very early. But it’s tradition! There are also billy cart races and a carnival on Oval 4 if you’re that way inclined.

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Subdued Autonomy Day celebrations, 1974 (courtesy Newcastle Morning Herald)

Subdued Autonomy Day celebrations, 1974 (courtesy Newcastle Morning Herald)

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What are 'passouts', and why do we have 2?

Asked by Anonymous

'Passouts' are a term used in the event industry that relates to how many times you can leave the event area and come back in (without having to line up and buy another ticket). Think of it like a 'hall pass' for parties.

During the Festival of Autonomy Party there are heaps of other free activities happening around campus (like Billy Cart races, inflatable carnivals and even a set from The Seabellies!) which means you might want to temporarily leave the main party area. Having a pass out means you’re able to come back in without having to line up again. With 2, you can do this twice :)

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The University’s beautiful Grant of Arms (above) is the University’s very own Declaration of Independence. This historic document, along with Autonomy Day, celebrates the University’s emergence as an autonomous institution in 1965.

According to folk legend, our understanding is that autonomy for the University officially began on the 1 January, 1965 with a symbolic ceremonial bonfire held at the site of the Great Hall and officiated by the legendary Professor Godfrey Tanner. Godfrey poured wine libations on the ground to sanctify the land upon which the University rests. The bonfire signified the “the joy of attaining long sought destiny”.

The University’s beautiful Grant of Arms (above) is the University’s very own Declaration of Independence. This historic document, along with Autonomy Day, celebrates the University’s emergence as an autonomous institution in 1965.

According to folk legend, our understanding is that autonomy for the University officially began on the 1 January, 1965 with a symbolic ceremonial bonfire held at the site of the Great Hall and officiated by the legendary Professor Godfrey Tanner. Godfrey poured wine libations on the ground to sanctify the land upon which the University rests. The bonfire signified the “the joy of attaining long sought destiny”.

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Get along to the GT bar and flash your Ucard to enjoy a delicious 20% off the price of all drinks! There’s also free bar snacks for you to, err, snack on. Gotta love U Member Happy Hour!

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Don’t forget there will be prizes awarded for the best 1965 themed costume at the Autonomy Day Party.
Individuals have the chance to win a $200 Westfield voucher.
The best team or group costume will take away a $300 voucher for Bar on the Hill, covering both food and drinks. (Voucher use must be booked prior to use and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special event.)
The prizes will be awarded just before midday on the Lawn Stage at Bar on the Hill.

Don’t forget there will be prizes awarded for the best 1965 themed costume at the Autonomy Day Party.

  • Individuals have the chance to win a $200 Westfield voucher.
  • The best team or group costume will take away a $300 voucher for Bar on the Hill, covering both food and drinks. (Voucher use must be booked prior to use and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special event.)

The prizes will be awarded just before midday on the Lawn Stage at Bar on the Hill.

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Berias is here to entertain you. With influences from Jazz, Latin and Contemporary genres there is a plethora of satisfaction to be had from listening to this rich, vibrant music.
Head to Bar on the Hill from 12.30pm today.

Berias is here to entertain you. With influences from Jazz, Latin and Contemporary genres there is a plethora of satisfaction to be had from listening to this rich, vibrant music.

Head to Bar on the Hill from 12.30pm today.