Dr. Beryl Nashar and Dr James Kirk who were admitted to Honorary degrees with (left) Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Professor Frank Clarke, the University of Newcastle, Australia - 1988
This photo appeared in the UNINEWS in 1988. The text was:
"Bicentennial chief honoured with degree
The Australia Bicentennial Authority’s Chairman, Dr James Kirk, recalled his success as a mail boy in Newcastle when he spoke at a graduation ceremony on April 30
‘I have a warm spot in my heart for Newcastle, he said, referring to his schooling at Newcastle Boys’ High school and his having worked at Atlantic Oil at Tighes Hill.
‘I had to ride a bike into Newcastle to deposit cash in a bank. I thought it was silly because it took me half-an-hour and I passed three other banks.’
Dr Kirk used his initiative and put the cash in the first bank he came to. Instead of getting the sack, he was congratulated by the company for his efficiency. Dr Kirk, who was promoted several times by Esso Aust. Ltd until he become Chairman and Managing Director in 1977, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his contribution to the commercial infrastructure underlying Australia’s economic progress.
He told the new graduates that the graduation ceremonies and the Bicentenary were really in parallel in that each was an expression of our optimism for the future.
He spoke to the new graduates on change. ‘At one time you said what goes up must come down, but now there are things in space that will stay there.’
Dr Kirk added: ‘you are equipped for change and don’t be scared: always be ready and take advantage of it in your careers.’"
The Conferring of Degrees booklet for this ceremony is available via the University of Newcastle Library catalogue.
This image was scanned from a photograph in the University's historical photographic collection held by Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
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