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Lumen Winter 2007 Issue
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Norm Shierlaw has never forgotten the time he spent at the University of Adelaide. Beginning a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1940, and finishing it in 1949 after four years with the Australian Imperial Force during World War II, Norm remembers the pre-war years at Adelaide as the best time of his life. Norm recalls the strong sense of community that saw him get to know just about everyone in the University. But it was Norm's passion for sport-and his time spent on the footy field with twin brother, John-that he remembers best of all.

Being the only "freshers" playing for the Adelaide University Football Club A-team in 1940 was "quite an honour" for the Shierlaw brothers, and some of the only time the busy twins got to spend together as they took up all that University life had to offer.

Norm (pictured with his wife, Barbara) has donated sufficient funds to complete the restoration of the Grandstand that overlooks the oval where he and his brother spent so many hours playing football. Norm's generosity will see the Grandstand, built in 1910, restored to its former glory with general maintenance, painting and an upgrade to facilities-a gift which Norm has dedicated to the memory of his brother John, who lost his life in World War II while serving with the Royal Australian Air Force.

For more information about giving to the University of Adelaide, contact: Development and Alumni, +61 8 8303 5800 or email

Barbara and Norm Shierlaw

Barbara and Norm Shierlaw
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