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Honouring Arthur Hartley

Monday, 31 May 2010

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The story of Arthur Hartley was honoured recently with the launch of his book entitled, Adventures in Education, The Life of Arthur Hartley.

Written by Margaret McKerihan from Nine Lives Biography Services, the book recognises Arthur’s contribution to the academic world since his graduation in 1927 from Claremont Teachers College, one of ECU’s well-known predecessor institutions.

ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox spoke at the launch, explaining that Arthur is a highly respected member of the Western Australian teaching community.

“I met Arthur shortly after commencing in the role of Vice-Chancellor in 2006, when I attended his 100th birthday celebrations,” Professor Cox said.

“Since then I have been in awe of his achievements, which range from forming a literary group in his nursing home, to more recently, his request to pursue PhD studies at ECU.

“His active mind, perseverance and determination have been truly inspirational to all, and we are proud to acknowledge him as our University’s oldest alumnus.”

The launch was held in conjunction with his 104th birthday celebrations at a small family gathering.

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