The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland was established by an Act of State Parliament on December 10, 1909 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Queensland’s separation from the colony of New South Wales. Its foundation four months later made it the first university in the State and the fifth in the nation.
In 1911, 83 students (including 23 women) attended the first classes in Government House, George Street, Brisbane. The University's move from George Street to St Lucia was accomplished between 1946 and 1972 and it now has in excess of 30,000 students enrolled.
The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus is considered by many to be Australia's most attractive. Located seven kilometres from the city's heart on a magnificent 114-hectare site in a bend of the Brisbane River, the campus has expansive landscaped grounds and many playing fields.
The University provides an opportunity for sportsmen and women to participate in a multitude of sports at various levels - College, Faculty, Club, Inter-Varsity, State and International. UQ is home to the largest multi-sport facility in Queensland and therefore provides premium facilities for its various sport clubs, including Rugby Union.
The University of Queensland Sports and Physical Recreation Association was first established in 1911. UQ Sport (as it has been known since 1995) offers in excess of 380 programs and attracts over 20,000 participants in social sport, recreation, adventure and college sport. UQ Sport has one million visits per annum through their sporting venues and has produced 55 Olympians and 100 Wallabies throughout their history. UQ Sport consistently wins an average of five Brisbane Club Premierships per annum.