ISJ November 2016: Historical vignette – Ian Hill reflects on his years in education
1968 was a significant year for me. That was the year when I was fortunate not to be drafted for military service to Vietnam in the lottery system which operated in Australia. Instead, I was able to take up my first employment as a teacher of French and English at Cressy District High School, in the middle of Tasmania. The Cressy area was, and still is, one of the largest Australian producers of fine Merino fleece; lamb was also exported in large quantities. I remember in the French classes in May of that same year that we talked about the student revolution, which started in Paris at the Sorbonne with Jean-Paul Sartre taking the side of the students.