Robert Coffey - 1975

My first year of Geography study was 1973. Barbara De Vries was my tutor and John Newbery was a mature age student ( by comparison to his peers) who became a mentor to many and arranged a MUGS trip to Peru. Peter L.Goddard (PLG) was a fellow resident at Trinity College who also majored in Geography. Peter and I shared a house in Drummond Street when we moved out of College after our second year and compiled a land use study of inner Fitzroy. I recall MUGS trips to the Prom, Trentham, the Otways and a MUGS dinner with Danny Spooner and Neil Douglas as guests, field trips to Studley Park, the Brisbane Ranges, Albury, the Grampians and Black Rock. A terrace house in Lygon Street opposite "The Rising Sun" was full of Geog students: Marg Durance and Gary Simkin, Anne Dunn and John Gill. John McQuilton (Phd) student/tutor engaged us with the Ned Kelly rebellion and Prof Andrews' reveries - one about the intelligence of small birds to use gravity to crack seed cases. And Neil Sharpe and Mick Ballock...

Lots of memories. Robert Coffey