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Biography of historic Footscray educator launched

A fascinating biography of Arch Hoadley, the foundation principal of Victoria University's predecessor institution, the Footscray Technical School, will be launched this Friday.

The book, Antarctica to Footscray - Arch Hoadley - A Man of Inspiration and Courage was researched and written over ten years by his son, Hawthorn resident Jack Hoadley, who was seeking the story of the father he lost when he was only 13 years old.

The book tells the story of his dad as a man of great fortitude, energy, compassion and wisdom who changed the lives of countless people in Melbourne's west. When Arch Hoadley, a returned Antarctic explorer with the Mawson expedition, accepted the position of foundation principal of the Footscray Technical School in 1916, he began a 30-year-commitment to the region as an inspired educator, scoutmaster and proud Footscray resident until his death in 1947.

Victoria University continues to share his far-sighted vision of education nearly 100 years after the doors of the Footscray Institute of Technology were opened on the present site of VU's Footscray Nicholson Campus.

The book is published by Sid Harta Publishers and retails for $24.95.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman will join Jack Hoadley, VU Dean Laureate Professor Rob Pascoe, and local historian Carolyn Rasmussen to launch the book.

What: Book Launch: 'Antarctica to Footscray - Arch Hoadley - A Man of Inspiration and Courage'

Who: Author, Jack Hoadley and Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Harman

Where: Building D - Hoadley Bldg. VU Footscray Nicholson Campus, Footscray (VenU Restaurant is located closest to Albert St side of Campus. Melway 2S E10)             

Date: Friday 19 November 2010

Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm

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nn Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
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arketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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h: (03) 9919 5487 or Mobile: 0403 556 001.

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