Several hundred graduates and former staff from across Australia recently gathered at Marcus Oldham in Geelong Victoria to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Proud to be part of its excellent reputation, the Alumni relived their memories and openly appreciated Marcus Oldham’s upward trend since taking the first group of 14 students in 1962.
Life within and around Marcus Oldham has been chronicled in the history ‘Daring to Differ’ by well-known bush poet and writer, Mike Stephens of Yendon, Victoria. A graduate of Marcus Oldham, Mike has incorporated the comments from the main players in the development of Marcus Oldham in a well-written account of the first 50 years.
In launching the book, Neil Inall, respected and popular television and radio country news presenter and long-time advocate of Marcus Oldham said, “Marcus Oldham has survived because of its independence and the fact that it hasn’t deterred from its mission to advance agriculture through innovative education programs.” He stated that Australians are fortunate with the safety and variety of our food supplies and as the world will need 70 percent more food by the middle of the century he encourages young people to seek careers from the host of job opportunities in agriculture and related professions.
The celebrations were highlighted by the Toast to Marcus Oldham proposed by the first Student President, Max Holmes of Port Fairy Victoria who credited Ivo Dean, the first Principal, for advising him to study at Marcus Oldham where he would be taught how to do things, why you do things, and make you question what you do.
Principal, Dr Simon Livingstone, himself a graduate, said “The weekend provided an opportunity for everyone who has been involved in the development of the College to celebrate its ongoing success.”
Copies of our 50th anniversary book - Daring to Differ by Mike Stephens - are now available in either of two flavours.
The 'Standard Edition' is a glorious blue cover and an ideal keepsake to celebrate 50 years of Marcus Oldham College.
The 'Limited Edition' is leather bound and individually numbered - with a maximum of 100 being made available. It is a real collector's item and the perfect way to value and keep alive the tradition of Marcus Oldham College. No past student should be without one but with only 100 being produced, it is first in, best dressed.
These and other items can be purchased now from our online store!