Hobart and William Smith Queensland Term 1996:

The University of Queensland

St. Lucia Campus

Note: The information on this page is meant to orient Hobart and William Smith students to certain parts of the University of Queensland and is not an official University of Queensland publication. This page does, however, contain links to official University of Queensland WWW pages.


  1. Facts and Figures
  2. Links to the University of Queensland
  3. Animals On Campus
  4. Additional Australian Resources

1. Facts and Figures

The University of Queensland is known internationally as one of Australia's finest universities. It is the oldest and largest university in Queensland. Approximately 25,000 students are enrolled. There are 83 undergraduate programs, 120 postgraduate programs and 63 departments. Additional Facts and Figures on the University of Queensland provided by the U of Q Gopher.

The University of Queensland was established in 1909 by an Act of State Parliament to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Queensland's separation from the colony of New South Wales. See A Brief History of the University of Queensland.

The University's main campus is at St. Lucia which is seven kilometers from the heart of Brisbane. The campus is 114 hectares and is situated in a bend of the Brisbane River.

The heart of the campus is a semi-circle of cloistered buildings known as the Great Court.

Adorning the buildings are a series of gargoyles based on former faculty.

The cloistered walkway provides shade in the heat of the day or cover in a downpour.

All the buildings on the Great Court are faced with distinctive Helidon sandstone from a quarry in Queensland.

The stone is a dramatic mixture of hues of brown, tan, grey, salmon, and purple and is especially beautiful in early morning light.

The buildings also feature carvings of historical figures and scenes...

...coats of arms, and names of great scholars...

...and the fauna and flora of Australia.

The University of Queensland Library is the largest in the state. Its central library and 12 branches hold more than 1,600,000 volumes in addition to periodicals. WWW Interface to the University of Queensland Libraries.

Jaccaranda from the UQ campus.

2. Links to the University of Queensland

Palm inflorescence on the UQ Campus.

3. Animals On Campus

Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Uniramia
Class: Hexapoda
Order: Hemiptera
Species: Tectocoris diophthalmus
"Hibiscus Harlequin Bug"
These gorgeous insects suck sap from hibiscus plants and their relatives. Females lay clusters of eggs around a twig on the hibiscus and guard them until they hatch.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Rallidae
Species: Gallinula tenebrosa
"Dusky Moorhen"
Length: 38--42 cm. Dusky moorhens can be found in freshwater wetlands and ornamental lakes and ponds like the one at the University of Queensland.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Rallidae
Species: Porphyrio porphyrio
Length: 45 cm. Swamphens can be found in swamp margins, lakes, shallow rivers and ornamental lakes. They are widespread from southern Europe to Africa, south and southeast Asia, New Zealand, Fiji, etc.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Pelecanidae
Species: Pelecanus conspicillatus
"Australian Pelican"
Length: 1.6 m. Pelicans are common around Brisbane (and Australia generally) in the mudflats near the City Botanic Gardens. Often seen perching on piles or logs. They become tame where fed.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Plataleidae
Species: Threskiornis molucca
"White ibis"
Length: 69--75 cm. The Australian white ibis or sacred ibis is common throughout the eastern half of mainland Australia. It is typically found in pastures, grasslands, or swamps.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Species: Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
"Little Pied Cormorant"
Length 58--63 cm. In Brisbane, cormorants can be found along the Brisbane River or near large reservoirs, creeks, and streams. This photo was taken at the Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha. It is common throughout Australia and Tasmania.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Cacatuidae
Species: Cacatua roseicapilla
Length: 36 cm. Galahs were previously uncommon in the Brisbane area, but can now be seen in pairs or small family groups. There usual habitat includes open woodlands, tree-scattered grasslands, and agricultural areas throughout Australia where they are sometimes considered a pest species.

Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Species: Trichoglossus haematodus
"Rainbow Lorikeet"
Length: 28 cm. The colorful Rainbow Lorikeet is widespread in coastal eastern Australia. Often seen in flocks (screeching) just after sunrise or just before sunset. Additional information available on Rainbow Lorikeets.

Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Metatheria
Species: Thrichosurus vulpecula
"Common Brushtail Possum"
The common brushtail possum is a medium sized diprotodont with a body length of 500 mm, tail length of 380 mm, and a weight of 4 kg. They are the most commonly encountered Brisbane marsupial. They are nocturnal and are found in either wet or dry forests.

Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Methatheria
Species: Pseudocheirus peregrinus
"Common Ringtail Possum"
The common ringtail possum is another medium sized diprotodont with a body length of 350 mm, tail length of 350 mm, and a weight of 4 kg. They are common even in inner city suburbs, parks, along watercourses, and in backyard gardens. They are nocturnal and feed on flowers or leaves.

4. Additional Australian Resources

A Bottlebrush plant on the UQ Campus.

Field Sites for the HWS Queensland Term

Author: Kevin Mitchell (mitchell@hws.edu)
Last Update: June 1997.