JCU champion George Roberts named posthumously as a Queensland Great

@JCU JCU champion George Roberts named posthumously as a Queensland Great

JCU champion George Roberts named posthumously as a Queensland Great

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On Sunday night, JCU champion George Vivian Roberts CBE (pictured) was named posthumously as a Queensland Great.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/12/queensland-greats-honoured-during-queensland-week

George Vivian Roberts CBE played a crucial role in establishing and shaping the University College of Townsville, which went on to become JCU.

He was a part of the University’s life from its inception.

At a time when some envisaged the planned University College as just a small cluster of classrooms, teaching the first few years of courses and then transferring students to Brisbane, George Roberts had plans for an expansive campus.

As Deputy Mayor, Mr Roberts arranged for the purchase of what is now the JCU campus in Douglas.

He placed great importance on providing tertiary education beyond the capital cities, and described the University College as ‘the most important happening in this part of the world since Federation'.

The residential college George Roberts Hall is named in honour of his generous support. The George Roberts CBE Bursary is funded by a capital donation made by Mr Roberts in 2003, and provides a year of residence at the College.

Mr Roberts passed away in January 2015.