Young and old Fullerites gather to celebrate a special birthday

24 August 2015

Georgina Harwood, more famous for celebrating her 100th birthday by going skydiving, was an apt choice of guest speaker at a special luncheon hosted recently at Fuller Hall to mark its 87-year legacy.

Affectionately dubbed 'Mrs Fuller' by residents, the residence was named after Maria Emmeline Barnard Fuller, one of the first four women to enrol at UCT.

It first opened its doors in 1928 and today's residents continue to enjoy its atmospheric ivy-clad walls, lush courtyards, arched corridors and wood-panelled dining room with stained-glass windows, along with easy access to lectures and libraries on Upper Campus.

The gathering, on 8 August, saw past and present 'Fullerites' enjoying a meal together while sharing their experiences and reminiscing about the past.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Klopper encouraged to achieve greatness in academia and other spheres of life, while Harwood, who enrolled at UCT in 1931 on the cusp of her 16th birthday, reminisced about her time as an undergraduate.

To round off the event, Warden Chao Mulenga urged the alumni to keep in touch and stay engaged.

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