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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 7. 1967.

Medal contest

Medal contest

Salient Reporter

Oratory Is flourishing strongly at Victoria. The 61st annual Plunket Medal will be held on June 23 in the Concert Chamber.

Plunket Medal oratory was first held in 1905. That makes it the oldest oratory competition in New Zealand, and it is widely regarded as the foremost.

The Medal is an endowment from Lord Plunket, a former Governor General of New Zealand. He hoped it might prove a link binding the various Universities of the Empire. Trinity College Dublin has a similar medal, in memory of the first Lord Plunket, Irish publicist and orator.

Previous winners of the medal include Sir David Smith and Sir Mathew Oram.

Other competitors have been Sir Guy Powles the Ombudsman, Professors C. C. Aikman and I. D. Campbell, and the present Speaker of the House Mr. R. E. Jack.