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Half a century of student journalism

UOW students are gearing up to celebrate half a century of student journalism with the Tertangala’s 50th Birthday Party to be held on Thursday November 1 in the Faculty of Creative Arts foyer and campus garden, building 25.

The event will commemorate the Wollongong student magazine’s first issue, which appeared way back in 1962, when UOW was still a division of the University of NSW. The event will also be a chance to celebrate the Tertangala’s rich past of at times comical, often insightful and always provocative style.

“For 50 years [the Tertangala] has provided an outlet for political mischief-making, showcasing creative writing, outrageous and inappropriate jokes, and the general publication of news and other articles written for students and by students,” said outgoing coordinator/editor Claire Johnston.

“It provides a unique space for learning outside of the lecture theatre or the tutorial room.”

Invitations have been extended for special guests who contributed to the Tertangala during their years as UOW students, including celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, feminist playwright and novelist Van Badham and Illawarra Mercury chief of staff Ben Langford, to help celebrate the milestone.

The birthday bash will also see the UOW library launch its fully digitised, online archives of Tertangala issues dating back to the publication’s humble origins as a student union newspaper.

The library, which already holds a near-complete run of issues from 1962 to the present day, described the Tertangala and other student publications as “a rich source of information on the history of student life at the Wollongong campus”.

The Tertangala’s sixth and final issue for 2012, devoted to the magazine’s 50th anniversary celebrations along with the usual quality writing students have come to expect, is now available around campus.

More information: Claire Johnston, 0401873176.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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