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Rev Canon Dr Stuart Barton Babbage Awarded Honorar...



January 04, 2008
Posted by: New College Admin

On Monday 7 April, 6.30pm the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduation Ceremony was held. At this event a significant honour was bestowed on Dr Babbage. Dr Babbage was only the third person to be made an Honorary Fellow of the University. The Fellowship was awarded for his ongoing contribution to the University through his long-term involvement with New College. It acknowledged his contribution to the shaping of the culture of New College that itself has made a such a significant contribution to campus life. It also acknowledged his support of overseas students, scholarship and his significant achievements as a theologian.

Dr Babbage addressed the graduands, their parents and families on this occasion. In the words of the Master Prof Trevor Cairney:

It was a wonderful graduation ceremony and a fitting acknowledgment of Stuart's outstanding contribution to the College and the University. His address was inspirational. Its theme was unity in diversity and provided an overview of Australian and world history of racism and sectarian conflict. He recognised the Rudd government's apology to the Stolen Generation and spoke of the place it has hopefully played in redressing our nation's history of racism as demonstrated in previous Indigenous policy and indeed the White Australia policy. He suggested that 'contrition, or penitence, is the precondition to healing, and the path to forgiveness and reconciliation'. It was a memorable address delivered with Stuart's usual passion, word craft and gravitas.

Mark Fairfull

See a full (PDF) transcript of the text of Dr Babbage’s remarks below


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