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Passion is what drives Mr Lloyd Monsbourgh, an alum of the ANU BA Asian Studies (1972) program. And ANU is one of his most enduring passions.
“I love ANU. I want to see it progress and help people from all walks of life to tread the path of knowledge searching.”
In order to facilitate this vision, Lloyd has generously included a significant gift in his will to the University. Because his gift is a future gift, Lloyd felt it was important to give the ANU Vice Chancellor the discretion to direct the funds to the area of greatest need at the time. He hopes his bequest will one day make a difference to ANU, its students and the community.
“I like the idea of my bequest supporting scholarships or funding infrastructure and capital works projects which enhance learning and teaching at the University.”
Lloyd has also given in his lifetime, his most recent donation going to the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Priorities Fund. His generosity is his way of giving back to an institution that provided him with a formational student experience, shaping him in many ways.
In terms of study, Lloyd studied Asian civilisation and the Indonesian language, along with units of geography, economic history, as well as linguistics. Yet, the gift that ANU gave Lloyd went beyond the books.
“I could really spread out here on campus, and I really enjoyed the valuable lesson of living independently—I owe this to my experience at ANU and in Canberra. It was a time of great personal development.”
Lloyd visited campus recently, proudly donning his ANU Asian studies tie, and spent some time reminiscing about his journey here. He recalls the Union Court building, which always fascinated him because its resemblance to a stack of cards.
He would go on long walks to Civic and Lake Burley-Griffin, and on campus he spent a great deal of time at Menzies Library and Chifley Library.
“I used to love the library and spent hours reading books. I don’t make friends easily, but I loved to study; the Menzies Library was like a real haven for me!”
Lloyd admiring a glimpse at the display of the AIATSIS Map Collection
People choose to study a language for many different reasons, and Lloyd too had his assumptions about Indonesian.
“I chose Indonesian as it was—and will always be—a strategic language to know in Australia, but I also figured it’ll be a lot easier than Mandarin Chinese!”
The first assumption is certainly true, given that Indonesia is Australia’s closest neighbour and such a strategic partner. However, Lloyd soon discovered that the second assumption he had made was not entirely true! He learned that while the language is initially simple, its multiple idiomatic expressions and affixes and suffixes can make sentence construction quite complex.
Lloyd maintains a keen interest in Indonesia to this day, and during his recent trip, he met with Dr Ross Tapsell, Head of the Indonesian Studies program at the School of Culture, History & Language (CHL).
He was delighted to hear about the next generation of Indonesianists practising their craft at CHL, and the two discussed many aspects of Indonesia, including politics, culture and Lloyd’s experience of studying Indonesian at ANU and his in-country experience. His first-hand experience of study and travel in North Sumatra and Java, particularly during the Suharto era, was unique and invaluable. Lloyd was, in fact, one of the few ANU students in North Sumatra at the time.
“There weren’t many students from Australia in North Sumatra at that time, and there was a strong military presence. But I was lucky to have been granted a scholarship, which provided me with safe accommodation while I was there. I had the freedom to travel around and immerse myself in the culture and language.”
For Lloyd, like many others who have had this opportunity, the immersive exposure was game changing.
“All students should take a year and go overseas. It’s life changing.”
CHL's Dr Ross Tapsell with Lloyd in the Coombs Indonesia Room
For the Love of ANU
Lloyd worked in various capacities across industries over the years, including Telecom Australia (now Telstra). For the past 22 years, he has provided cleaning services to Ivanhoe Grammar School and Latrobe University. He loves his work, the people he gets to engage with and the wonderful relationships he’s built there over the decades. Lloyd sees the life lessons learnt at ANU as having held him in good stead.
Although he’s been a Melbournian for many years now, Lloyd travels to Canberra annually as a member of the University’s bequest society, the ANU Springbank Circle. He has a particular passion for capital works projects at ANU and watched with keen interest as the University developed KAMBRI; he looks forward to many more infrastructural developments towards the institution’s progress.
“ANU is a wonderful institution—it not only enables the enhancement of knowledge; it’s a melting pot of many races and cultures, making it an amazing institution and teacher of diversity.”
Thank you Lloyd, for your dedication and loyalty to ANU. Keep visiting us!