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DEGEBE OF LL.D. CONFEREE!).
. Yesterday morning. In the great hall ot Sydney University, General Bird»vood wa_ ad- mitted to the degree of LUD., ad eundum CTaduin. in the presence of members of the
profevsorin] board and teaching staff and a gathering of undergraduates, which com- pletely filled the hal!.
The Chancellor, having formally conferred the-degree, called for three cheers for the General. These were given »vith great hearti- ness, merging Into Insistent calls from the undergraduates of "Speech! Speech!"
The Chancellor: No. The General only came amongst us on tho promise that there should be no speeches.
But as the undergraduates only laughed nt this and roared "Speech'" still more loudly, Sir William came forward to the front of the dals. "Members of the University of Sydney and undergraduates," he said. "When your Chancellor said there were to be no speeches I entirely agreed. But seeing so many of my old comrades among you I cer- tainly want to say how greatly I appreciate the honour of the degree conferred upon me. It has been a great privilege to me to see how many of you are returned soldiers, and the fact that those art members with me of this University enhances the honour very .much Indeed. You have been Informed that
I had already been made a Doctor by Cam- bridge. To me that was a great honour, for it made me the sixth of my family to become a Doctor of that University." General Bird- wood went on to suggest that much good would be done in the field of education by arranging for an Interchange of masters and pupils between Australia and Great Britain. "As for those arding you who, while on ser- vice, saw something of the old land," he added, "I do hope you will do your best to make others realise the tremendous efforts made by the people of Britain during a war in which they fought with the sole object of assuring that their country should remain free for ever." (Applause.)
Subsequently many graduates and under- graduates who had served In the A.I.F. were introduced to General Birdwood. "