University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus)

Stage Number: MBNH.07.02.65

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Toowong-St Lucia-Indooroopilly

Epoch: Late 20th Century

Street Address: Sir Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49672222,153.013

Time Link: 1939

Map Link: 1942

Image Time Point: 1942

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The transference of the University of Queensland from the original Gardens Point campus to the St Lucia campus was a long and delayed process. It was not possible with what colloquially referred to as ‘the Mayne Inheritance’ (from Dr James and May Emelia Mayne; not confused with a tale of a crime novel), originally 700 acres donated in 1923, but more significantly the donation of £55,000 in 1926 for the resumption of the St Lucia land. Further generous Mayne donations were not enough, and lack of finance delayed the effort. The main and first permanent building of the new campus, the Forgan Smith building, was not completed until 1939. The requirements of the building for military use during World War II delayed the full transfer of university operations until 1947 [?].


Cohen, Kay. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Margaret Kowald, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas 1860-1960. Volume 1. RHSQ. 2014. page 293; Kowald, Margaret. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Kay Cohen, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 132

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 4 miles to the inch. Moreton District. Sheet 1. 4 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634925