We welcomed around 150 Philip Baxter College alumni back to UNSW on 8 October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College which was officially opened by Senator John Gorton, the Federal Minister for Education on 14 October 1966.

Philip Baxter College welcomed its first students in 1966

At lunchtime alumni joined the Baxter residents committee for a BBQ with entertainment provided by current Baxter residents who put on a selection of dramatic and comedic sketches from the annual college play in the Baxter Common room for the amusement of our guests. Alumni also enjoyed tours around the old and new Baxter Colleges and meeting some of the current staff and residents

In the evening the Goldstein Dining Hall was the venue for a formal dinner for around 140. Guests ranged from the ‘Freshers of 1966’ right up to the present day and came from all over the world.

Isabelle Creagh , Head of the Kensington Colleges, assisted by Dean of Baxter Anthony McGirr hosted the guests with speeches given by Dr Graham George, from the Fresher cohort of ‘66; Professor Randall Albury, a popular former Master of the college, and a final toast  from former resident Paul Clitheroe AM.

Post event drinks were enjoyed by many of the guests at the Rege!

Pictured above: The inaugural Philip Baxter College House Committee 1966
Back row (L to R): J.Andrew, D.Iverach, J.Cassidy
Middle row: J.Phipps, Miss L.Mellor, J.Egan
Front row: I.Simpson, A.Livingstone