Brief history of JCU (1957-2008)
Professor J.D Story, Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland proposes a regional university college be established.
University of Queensland Senate recommends a regional university be established.
The Hon Jack Pizzey, Queensland Minister for Education, announces in Cairns that the Queensland government will open a University College in Townsville.
The North Queensland University Association was formed to raise £50,000 to establish two residential hostels, scholarships and to provide library facilities. Donations came from Cairns, Mackay, Cardwell, Innisfail, Charters Towers, Bowen and from a number of local firms and clubs in North Queensland.
State Cabinet announces that a University College will be established at Townsville under the auspices of the University of Queensland
Foundation stone laid at Pimlico site by Hon JCA Pizzey, Minister for Education. This is now the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE Pimlico campus.
The Queensland government negotiated with the Federal government for the Stuart Migrant Centre to be used as a hostel for 35 male students. ‘Duncragan’ on Melton Hill was made available by the state government for 20 female students.
Dr Frank Olsen commences as Warden of the University College of Townsville.
University College of Townsville officially opened by Premier of Queensland, Hon GFR Nicklin. There were 105 students.
Prime Minister, Rt Hon. R.G. Menzies visits the Pimlico campus.
Townsville City Council decided to offer the state government by way of gift through the University of Queensland, an area of approximately 400 acres of land on the southern side of the Ross River to be used exclusively for University purposes. Council also recommended that CSIRO by way of gift be offered approximately 50 acres of land owned by the Council in the same way.
Townsville City Council offers the state government a gift of 50 acres as a site for Teachers Training College. Council’s preference was for this to be in close proximity to University and CSIRO to foster collaboration.
Dr Ken Back appointed Warden.
CSIRO research station opens near the proposed site of the Douglas Campus.
Hon. Harold E Holt, Prime Minister of Australia laid the foundation stone of Uni Halls
First buildings occupied at Douglas Campus.
Townsville Teacher’s College commences operation.
Qld Parliament passes James Cook University of North Queensland Bill 1970.
James Cook University of North Queensland proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II at the Douglas Campus, Townsville.
Tom Priestley elected Chairman of University Council.
Dr Ken Back appointed Vice-Chancellor.
Tom Priestley retires.
Sir George Fisher elected Chancellor.
Cyclone Althea hits Townsville.
Research Vessel RV James Kirby launched.
AIMS established at Cape Ferguson.
Sir George Fisher retires.
Sir George Kneipp elected Chancellor.
JCU holds first Open Week.
Orpheus Island Marine Research Station established.
Fletcherview purchased as Tropical Veterinary Science Field Station.
Pimlico campus vacated.
JCU amalgamates with Townsville College of Advanced Education (Townsville Teachers College.
Sir George Fisher Centre for Tropical Marine Science established.
Professor Ken Back resigns as Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Ray Golding appointed Vice-Chancellor.
Cairns Campus opens.
Establishment of JCU's Tropical Health Surveillance Unit
Name of Tropical Health Surveillance Unit changed to the Anton Breinl Centre for Tropical Health and Medicine
Institute of Advanced Education disbanded. School of Education formed within James Cook University. Institute’s buildings become Western Campus.
Mackay Campus opened.
Sir George Kneipp dies.
John Williams appointed Chancellor.
Sir George Kneipp Auditorium opens.
Cairns Campus relocates to current Smithfield site.
Professor Ray Golding retires as Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Martyn Forrest appointed Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Martyn Forrest resigns as Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Ken McKinnon appointed Interim Vice-Chancellor
Professor Bernard Moulden appointed Vice-Chancellor.
Parliament passes James Cook University Act 1997.
Name changed to James Cook University.
Funding announced for Medical School.
John Williams retires as Chancellor.
Lt-Gen John Grey AC appointed Chancellor.
James Cook University Medical School opened.
Thursday Island campus established.
JCU commences operations in Singapore.
JCU named in the top 500 Universities in the World according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong world ranking.
JCU Brisbane campus opened.
Professor Bernard Moulden resigns as Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Sandra Harding commences as Vice-Chancellor & President.
JCU launches its Reconciliation Statement and names the library the “Eddie Koiki Mabo Library”.
JCU Singapore relocates to Upper Thompson Road site.