Richard Larkins Oration delivered by the Victorian Governor

Monash University once again held its annual Richard Larkin Oration in Melbourne at the Myer Mural Hall on Thursday, 1 December 2016.

Richard Larkins orationRepresentatives of business, government, industry, alumni and other University supporters attended this prestigious event to hear Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria deliver her oration about the art of the oratory and speeches.

This annual event is named in recognition of former Monash University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Larkins and honours his achievements as an educator, researcher and esteemed community leader.

During his time as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Larkins was the pioneer of Monash University’s culture of advancing knowledge, fostering creativity and applying the University’s work in communities around the world and locally. This culture has been embraced and expanded by the current Vice-Chancellor to ensure Monash University can supply scholarships and financial support to indigenous Australians, refugees and asylum seekers as well as residential scholarships for rural and remote students.

The Richard Larkins Oration provides an opportunity for a distinguished member of the international community to speak about the great challenges of our time and how we might address them. Her Excellency’s address is available online.

Attending the dinner were Mr Simon McKeon AO, Chancellor, Monash University; Professor Margaret Gardner AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University; Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria and Anthony Howard, QC; Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO and Mrs Caroline Larkins; The Honourable Peg Lusink, the first female judicial officer in Victoria, foundation judge and former judge of the Family Court of Australia and Richard Larkins’ mother; Br Michael Lynch, Monash’s first graduate in 1964; and Mr Michael Headberry, Chair of the Monash Pioneers Sir John Monash Project Board.