Wednesday, June 15, 2016

JCU Champion George Vivian Roberts posthumously named a Queensland Great

You may have noticed coming into the Cafe entrance of  Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville a life size poster of a young boy on the wall. The poster is part of Townsville 150 celebrations and is one of several posters across the city commemorating Townsville residents. The young boy is George Vivian Roberts who is one of the main reasons we have a University in North Queensland.

On Sunday 12th of June, 2016  George Vivian Roberts  was posthumously acknowledged as a Queensland Great along with people as diverse as cricketer Allan Border AO; human rights advocate The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO; music conductor and mentor John Curro AM MBE; Indigenous athlete, barrister and philanthropist Lloyd McDermott; rugby league legend Mal Meninga AM; and Queensland’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland.

So what does this mean for us at JCU and as residents in North Queensland? Well in the @JCU article it states George "placed great importance on providing tertiary education beyond the capital cities...". The impact of  having dedicated research and teaching facilities in the northern tropical areas aids with providing development momentum in our regional northern areas in the form of conferences, research and professional graduates. There are many resources in our library collections dedicated to these local topics including:

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