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Spritely centenarian attends CONASTA 65.


Science educators who attended the ASTA Awards and Stanhope Oration at CONASTA 65, which was held in Brisbane in July, were privileged to help spritely centenarian Lance Strickland celebrate his 100th birthday.

Lance has a long history of science teaching and advocacy, and has attended many CONASTAs in the past. On this occasion he was guest of honour, entertaining attendees with his recollections and sharp sense of humour.

Lance's teaching career began at the tender age of 18 as a junior teacher at Kingston Primary School in Tasmania. In 1935, after he took a 12-month course at Philip Smith Teachers' College, he graduated to teaching at Hobart Boys Welfare School. Then, two years and nine months after graduating as a student from Hobart High School, he returned there as a teacher. He continued to study part-time, becoming proficient in chemistry.

In 1940, Lance left the teaching profession for a very rewarding career as an industrial chemist. He was known for leaving the companies he worked for in a better financial condition when he left, and gained the respect and admiration of the workers in his charge. During this time, Lance also taught in the RAAF Air Training Corps, where he attained the honorary rank of Flight Lieutenant.

In 1959, Lance returned to teaching at Hobart Technical Boys High School, at which time he joined STAT. He was elected as Vice President of the Tasmanian branch in 1963 and attended his first CONASTA the same year. He got hooked and attended the next 21 conferences in a row, then many more after that. To get to the conference in 1967, Lance travelled 12,000 km from Hobart to Perth, via Darwin. The last CONASTA he attended as a registered participant was in 2014 at the age of 98. He recalls when Roy Stanhope, while on crutches, presented the first Stanhope Oration.

In 1962, Lance became the first Senior Master of Science (MSD) at Rose Bay High School. He was later transferred to Elizabeth Matriculation College, where he acted as Vice Principal on no less than six separate occasions until his retirement in 1978. No doubt under today's promotional system, Lance would have retired a substantive principal.

Lance has served the Science Teacher's Association of Tasmania and ASTA over many years and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 1984.

In retirement, Lance continued with his highly active lifestyle. In addition to keeping busy with his many hobbies, he was executive officer of the Institution of Surveyors, Australia (Tasmanian Division) for 17 years. Other achievements of his long life are that he is the longest-serving Freemason in Tasmania and has been a lifelong committed Christian.

Lance is now also the first centenarian to have ever attended a CONASTA.

Caption: L1 and L2--Lance Strickland and Lance Taylor together again!

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Title Annotation:Lance Strickland
Publication:Teaching Science
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Date:Sep 1, 2016
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