Photostory: Gatton Campus

Delve into UQ's history and archives, and discover some of the stories behind UQ buildings, libraries and campuses…

Established in 1897 as the Queensland Agricultural College, UQ's Gatton campus boasts the oldest group of tertiary buildings in the state. The landmark Foundation Building, a lightweight timber Federation Era structure, was designed by government architect John Smith Murdoch, famous for such buildings as Old Parliament House and Brisbane's Boggo Road Gaol.

Used over the years for teaching - classes were sometimes held on its verandahs - administration and student accommodation, it was also requisitioned by the US Army in 1942 to serve as headquarters for a field hospital. It is now used primarily as a function and conference centre.

Foundation House, 1927

Foundation House, Queensland Agricultural College, c1927


Foundation House, 2005

Foundation House, University of Queensland, Gatton College, c 2005

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Last updated:
5 January 2017