|Judy Newman's book on George Roberts.|
It was distributed after his death, and includes
the thanksgiving service booklet.
To describe him as a ‘significant initiator’ of James Cook University is far from an exaggeration. In fact, his role in founding the university has been described as his greatest legacy not only to Townsville but to the wider north Queensland region. He identified the site for the University and the various blocks that would need to be purchased to guarantee room for future expansion. He was elected the Deputy Chairman of the University College of Townsville at its inaugural meeting in 1961 and continued until his retirement to chair, in some capacity, other Councils and committees of the College, and then University. His firm of Roberts, Leu and North Solicitors were solicitors for the University College, and it was that firm that had designed and presented as a gift the ceremonial crest which became the University’s arms in 1972.
|George Roberts Hall, JCU Townsville|
Frazer, Ian. 2015. “Mourners gather at St James Anglican Cathedral to farewell a pioneer of Townsville.” Townsville Bulletin, January 9. http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville/mourners-gather-at-st-james-anglican-cathedral-to-farewell-a-pioneer-of-townsville/news-story/cfffe9eaf8b3b763fe8bca2c73a906ff.
Newman, Judy. 2014. George Roberts CBE: A Life in Townsville. Townsville, Australia: Judy Newman.
Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
JCU PhD History Candidate