The Duguid Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Dr Charles Duguid OBE and Mrs Phyllis Duguid OAM for their tireless Aboriginal rights campaigning.
Dr Duguid and his wife gained national and international headlines in the 1930s due to their campaigning for legislative reforms and fairer work policies for Aboriginal people. This led to forming the forerunner of what was to become the Aborigines Advancement League.
In 1994, the Aborigines Advancement League made a substantial gift to the University of South Australia and Flinders University, to provide study grants for Aboriginal graduates as well as to conduct a memorial lecture every two years.
Alternating between the two universities, the Duguid Memorial Lectures are designed to further harmonious relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities that continues the respect for Aboriginal culture that the Duguids initiated.