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ECU's oldest alumnus celebrates 105th birthday

Monday, 23 May 2011


On 21 May 2011 it was my honour to attend the 105th birthday party of ECU’s oldest alumnus, Arthur Hartley. Mr Hartley graduated from the Claremont Teachers' College, one of our precursor institutions, in 1927.

More than 50 of Mr Hartley’s relatives attended the party and several spoke about his lifelong dedication to learning, which has included completing his original teacher qualification with us and two Masters degrees. He worked as a teacher throughout Western Australia.

Last year I was fortunate to have attended his 104th birthday, which also coincided with the launch of a book about his life, entitled Adventures in Education, The Life of Arthur Hartley by Margaret McKerihan.

On behalf of the entire ECU community, I wish Mr Hartley continuing fulfilment and happiness and good health.

Professor Kerry O. Cox *

* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.

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