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Jacaranda to live on

For many years our students have lived by the folklore that any undergraduate who fails to study before the tree’s first bloom appears will fail their exams.

The tree has also been the backdrop for thousands of graduation and wedding photos over its 88-year lifetime.

In 2014 the University advised that the jacaranda was nearing the end of its natural life and hired a specialist jacaranda grower to take cuttings. Grafted onto the base of other jacarandas, the cuttings have produced two clones. This means that the University will be able to replace the jacaranda with genetically identical stock.

Students are reminded that the current tree had begun to bloom and we wish them all well for their final weeks of study for 2016.

There is a great deal that continues to take place on campus outside of our teaching semesters and we invite our neighbouring community to enjoy our grounds, facilities and events.

In the Quadrangle, you can enjoy visiting the Nicholson Museum. Australia’s oldest university museum, it is home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s currently even a Lego model of Pompeii for the children to enjoy.

On the opposite side of the Quadrangle, you’ll find the University Art Gallery, inside the War Memorial Arch, while from there you can cross Science Road to visit the Macleay Museum, which holds the oldest natural history collection in Australia.

All of our museums are free and open to the public Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm and the first Saturday of the month from 12-4pm and our exhibitions are constantly changing.

You can also take a guided tour of our campus. On our Heritage Tour you can learn about the architecture of the Camperdown campus, and on our Indigenous Tour, you can explore the ways the land that the University is built on was used by local communities before European settlement.

Wandering the campus, you can learn more about the myriad of different plants you can see by downloading the “Campus Flora” app. It provides details of more than 1,000 individual plants on campus, including botanical details and interesting facts.

Later in November, Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema will return to campus, on Gadigal Green. The cinema will show a variety of new releases and old favourites from November 25 to December 20. Relax beforehand with some of the best local live music, including sets from the most exciting emerging musicians.

The University’s Sports and Aquatic Centre continues to provide a range of programs and facilities for everyone all year round. There are kids’ camps and swimming lessons, personal training and group fitness, seniors’ wellness programs, first aid courses and our 50-metre indoor pool.

Our campus is open to everyone and I hope you will enjoy it over the coming days.

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