Friday, 27 October 2006
Jacaranda at Sydney University
It's jacaranda season and Sydney is a purple carpet in many places. This jacaranda tree grows in the quadrangle of the Gothic main building at Sydney University. There is an expression used at Sydney Uni that "by the time the jacaranda blooms it's too late to start studying for exams", for it's end-of-year exam season now as well. High School kids are sitting their Higher School Ceritifcate, which for some will determine their matriculation to university, and uni exams are in full swing too, in the run-up to the long summer break.
I vaguely remember a story told when I was a student at Sydney Uni in the 1970s about students from the rival University of New South Wales threatening to cut down the jacaranda, but I can't quite remember what it was.
The quadrangle was inspired by the medieval quadrangles of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges.