Memorial Service

Prof. Mike Morwood's Memorial Service

On September 7, 2013, the University of Wollongong hosted a memorial service to honour the life and legacy of CAS researcher Prof. Mike Morwood, who died in late July. In attendance were Mike's family and both staff and student colleagues from the Mike's extensive and influential career in teaching and research including dignitaries from Indonesian archaeological research institutions.

The service, chaired by Prof. Colin Murray-Wallace, offered a unique cross-section through the life of Mike. Ten speakers chronicled the life of Prof. Morwood; from his days as a student in New Zealand, his early teaching career at the University of New England through to his influential work researching Australian rock art, his work at the University of Wollongong and finally, his discovery of a new species of hominin on the Indonesian island of Flores.

The booklet containing the order of service and list of speakers can be downloaded here (1.6mb)

During the service, a slideshow of images taken throughout Mike's life was shown. That slideshow can be downloaded here (12mb)

A gallery of images taken over the course of the memorial service can be found here (35 images)

The memorial service was attended by the Illawarra Mercury and the link to their article can be found here, and the University of Wollongong's official media release of the event can be found here

Below is a recording of the entire memorial service (75 minutes). At 64 minutes, a slideshow highlighting Mike's life and research is shown for approximately 9 minutes. The slideshow itself can be downloaded from the link above.


Unfortunately, due to illness, Emeritus Professor Graham Connah of the Australian National University could not attend Prof. Morwood's memorial service. His tribute can be found here

Last reviewed: 24 September, 2013

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