ANU turns 75

The Australian National University (ANU) was established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1946. Its founding mission was to be of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation, to support the development of national unity and identity, to improve Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbours, and to contribute to economic development and social cohesion.

The ANU has shaped modern Australia ever since, and grown into a preeminent teaching and research institution.

On 1 August 2021, the ANU will celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Your Stories

As part of our celebrations, the University is creating a digital resource of stories and memories from our staff, students, alumni, supporters and friends. Help us preserve our history and celebrate our legacy by sharing your favourite ANU moment. Whether it’s a night out at the Uni Bar, a favourite teacher, a sporting triumph, or marching at a ‘demo’, we’d like to hear about it. Use this form to submit a photo or video.

Note: your submission may be published on the University’s website or used on social media.

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Share a story of your time here. It can be a moment, or an entire career.



Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and ANU Chancellor, John Cockcroft, at the opening of the R.G. Menzies Building


A builder surveying the site for the Burton and Garran Halls


H.C. Coombs Building


Students at a graduation ball, Burgmann College


‘The Computer Age’ arrives at the Chifley Library. Dorothy Enderby, Reader Services Librarian and Milton Simms, University Librarian


The ANU, Acton campus


Ann Curthoys, Coordinator of the ANU’s first course in Women’s Studies


ANU Women's Eight during a practice session on Sullivan's Creek


The ANU campus, taken from Black Mountain


Bio-anthropologist Colin Groves


The Body Sliding Contest, held as part of Bush Week activities


ANU Club for Women spinning group in the Molly Huxley Room, University House. L to R: Marie Hyde, Netta McLaren (Club President), Thilly Barton, Lynda Roy, Helen Daniel. 


Director of Facilities and Services, Don Hardman, with the newly installed ‘traffic calming’ balls near the ANU Sports Union.


Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the ANU. Here, he talks to ANU student Mark King (R). Vice-Chancellor Deane Terrell is in the background, centre.


The 74-inch telescope at Mt Stromlo after the 2003 bushfires.


Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, Fay Gale (L), Fenner School academic, Richard Baker (C), and ANU Alumni Lynette Liddle (R), at the launch of the Elspeth Young Bequest at the Jabal Centre.


(L to R) Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, Fay Gale (L), Fenner School academic, Richard Baker (C), and ANU Alumni Lynette Liddle (R), at the launch of the Elspeth Young Bequest at the Jabal Centre, 2004. (ANU Photography)


Chancellor Kim Beazley


Governor General Quentin Bryce launching the ANU’s Gender Institute


Chancellor Gareth Evans (R) welcomes former ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Chubb, before awarding him an honorary doctorate


ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmitt


ANU Vice-Chancellor, Brian Schmitt, addressing the media during the construction of the Kambri Precinct, 2018.


The ANU Acton Campus in autumn


ANU PhD student, Jesse Wallace, examining a bogong moth specimen in Kosciusko National Park


ANU Alumni Peter Garrett (L), about to receive an honorary doctorate

Busiest office competition 

Busy office, busy mind…right?
The ANU has produced some of the busiest and most productive minds in the world. Join a light-hearted celebration of the gloriously diverse ways in which we work. From beautiful chaos to fire hazard, we like to see pictures of the busiest office spaces you’ve seen. Historical or contemporary, they’re all welcome. Here’s a few to get you thinking. As you can see, the competition is fierce!
The winner will be announced during the anniversary year.


Geoff Brennan in his office

Research School of Social Sciences, Coombs Building


Roy May in his office

Department of Politics and Social Change, Coombs Building