OUS Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Welcome to the web pages of the Oxford University Society in ACT, Australia.

The Oxford University Society in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was founded in 1959 with a committee of four. Regular meetings have been held since 1959. Colin Steele is the current Secretary, a position he has held since 1977. The ACT President is currently Professor John White, who received an Oxford University Society Distinguished Friend Award in 2007. Membership is largely drawn from academia and the Commonwealth public service.
Currently there are two to three events held each year. Whether you are visiting temporarily, or a permanent Canberra resident, we encourage you to get in touch and come along. All are welcome.

Forthcoming Events

The Oxford Society ACT Branch is delighted to invite members (including Cambridge University Society ACT members) and their guests to a reception in the Terrace Room, Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Crescent Yarralumla, 6 to 7:30 PM, March 28 to meet Charlotte Richards, Alumni Networks Manager for the University of Oxford.


Charlotte is responsible for almost 200 Oxford University alumni groups around the world. Her role is to support the groups and volunteers and provide strategic direction for the network, aligning with University priorities. Charlotte will give a short presentation on her role and also report on the Oxford University Meeting Minds alumni weekend in Tokyo, March 22-24, especially Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson’s keynote update about the University.


A special feature of the evening will be the presentation by Charlotte of Oxford Society Committee long service certificates, signed by the Vice Chancellor, to Colin Steele, who has been ACT Secretary since 1977 and John White, who has been President since 1998.

Cost per person is $48 per person for canapés, red, white and sparkling wines, beer and mineral water. The canapés will comprise Crisp Pork Shiitake Dumplings ; Seafood Tartlet Citrus Gel Micro Herbs; Mushroom and Gruyere Arancini (Vegetarian) ; Spinach and Ricotta Triangles (Vegetarian) and Open Beef Pie, Bearnaise Sauce.

Please let Colin Steele know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

May Morning Event 2018


Sixty people including chorister singers and Morris dancers, attended the Annual Oxford Society ACT’s Magdalen May Morning early on Sunday May 6 at the Carillon. All enjoyed the choral music from SCUNA, directed by Matthew Stuckings, Director of Music at St Paul’s, and the energetic Morris dancing by the “Surly Griffins” on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.


Contact details

Email Group Secretary Colin Steele

Tel: (+61 (0)2 612 58983