A Place of Light and Learning: The University of Queensland's First Seventy-Five Years

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Author: Malcolm I. Thomis
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The University of Queensland is one of the largest universities in the country, catering to the needs of twenty thousand students. Three-quarters of a century ago, the first student intake numbered just sixty.The story of the first seventy-five years of this "place of light and learning" is an absorbing account of its establishment and growth, and more than that, of the people and personalities who shaped its history. As well as giving a chronological account, the book looks at the university's growth in terms of four themes. The academic growth is traced from the early days of just three faculties - arts, science and engineering - to the modern university of sixty-four departments. The physical expansion proceeds from modest beginnings in Government House, George Street, through the great site debate to the development of the St Lucia campus. The growth of the student body is made more immediate by the memories of early students, reflecting the differing lifestyles of a changing society through two world wars and the radical movement of the sixties and seventies. These issues are brought together in a general consideration of the problems of university government - the last main theme of the book - and an evaluation of the university today. This eminently readable history was written to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the University of Queensland in 1985, and to record and preserve material that might otherwise have passed into oblivion.    

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