Oxford’s Chancellor meets new Rhodes Scholar for South Australia

The Chancellor Lord Chris Patten was welcomed to St Mark’s College in Adelaide to meet the new Rhodes Scholar for South Australia Dr Claudia Paul, on an unusually damp and cool morning for an Adelaide Test Match week.

After being introduced by our president, Rita Coleman, and although previously prompted to tell us about his cricket career (“…too brief a story…”), the Chancellor outlined the success of the University in being the world’s best. 

It was my most enjoyable job to welcome the new Rhodes Scholar, even more so since Claudia is Australia’s third indigenous Rhodes Scholar and the second from the University of Adelaide.

Originally from South Australia’s adopted city of Broken Hill, Claudia has studied in Adelaide and now resident in Newcastle, she is about to go to Oxford.  

Claudia spoke eloquently about her early life in Broken Hill and some of the many difficulties she had overcome on the way to her scholarship.

Those present included Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and former Governor of South Australia; and Emeritus Professor Hilary Winchester, along with four Rhodes Scholars and around 60 alumni.

After the breakfast, Lord and Lady Patten were taken for a drive to Windy Point to overlook the beautiful city of “churches and spires”.  They then spent the next few days watching England and Australia battle for the Ashes.

Our group presented Lord Patten with some of the territory’s best wine and an Ashes t-shirt as a gift.

The event was a tremendous success – said by many to be our best ever.

Geoff Sandford – Secretary, OUS Australia