120 Years at Gatton


  • 120th celebrations!


  • School of Veterinary Science celebrates its 80th anniversary.
  • Darbalara Beef Teaching Facility is officially opened.
  • J. K. Murray Library extension commences.


  • The 3.275 megawatt Gatton Solar Research Facility comprising more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels, mounted on the campus’s 10ha former airstrip is launched by Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane.
  • Opening of the Geothermal Cooling Tower, an innovative new technology designed to reduce water consumption and the cost of generating electricity.
  • Renovations completed on the Plant Industries Building, including upgrades to the Chemistry and Plant Biology laboratories.


  • Work begins on a 3.275 megawatt pilot plant on Campus which will be Queensland’s largest solar power installation.
  • Work begins on a Community Garden Project being run by the UQ Gatton Plant Science Society.


  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Dr John McVeigh officially opens the Agricultural Science Laboratory.  


  • School of Veterinary Science received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for the next seven years which will allow our Vet Science graduates to work as veterinarians in the United States.
  • $7 million was invested into the Gatton Research Dairy making it a join research centre between UQ and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).


  • Refurbishment of the swimming pool and a new cardio and weights gym is opened - UQ Fitness and Aquatic Centre – The War Memorial Swimming Pool.  


  • UQ celebrates centenary celebrations.
  • The School of Veterinary Science relocated to the Campus. Over a $100 million was spent on new buildings and upgrading facilities. The School of Veterinary Science was a boost for the Campus as it doubled the student population and brought over a 100 staff with the relocation.
  • Opening of the Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility to support teaching and research in Australian native wildlife.


  • Opening of the Centre for Advanced Animal Science a joint initiative between UQ and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). The name changed in 2014 to the Queensland Animal Science Precinct (QASP).


  • $1.5 million expansion of the Equine Unit. The expansion, around the historic stable block Farm Square, includes eight new crushes for reproductive, dental and performance testing, holding yards, teasing lanes, mechanical horse walker and new dressage and show jumping arenas. A new reproduction laboratory allows semen evaluation, embryo transfer and a clean dust-free serving area for semen collection.
  • The Regional Collaborative Learning Centre a $2.8 million innovative teaching and learning facility is built on Campus.


  • Opening of the Environmental Park which was jointly funded by the University and Greening Lockyer. It includes a 10-hectare bushland park, including Lake Galletly. The park will be complete with animal shelters, bird-watching hides and re-vegetated native forest.


  • Name changes to University of Queensland Gatton or UQ Gatton.


  • University of Queensland Senate approves key recommendations in (Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ted Brown) Brown Report. Plans for future development include $13 million funds injection, new Centre for Rural and Regional Innovation and new professorship in Rangelands Management.


  • Centenary celebrations!


  • QAC amalgamates with the University of Queensland as part of the new unified national system, name changes to the University of Queensland, Gatton College.


  • Agricultural focus expands, research capacity strengthens, domestic and overseas student numbers increase.
  • QAC becomes self-governing as one of Queensland's first Colleges of Advanced Education.


  • First women enrolled.


  • Fire destroys ex-army hut. Eight-year rebuilding program begins.


  • High-school teaching phases out, heralding future role as tertiary institution. The name changed back to Queensland Agricultural College from the 1 January 1962.


  • Three more land acquisitions (243 acres) adjoining the College.


  • 50th anniversary celebrations.


  • QAC purchased two adjoining farms, 296 acres (120ha) between the Campus and Laidley. In 1953 it was named Darbalara Farm after an Australian Illawarra Shorthorn cow that held the world milking record at the time.


  • U.S. Army Hospital leaves the Campus.


  • 85 acres and most of the Campus buildings were requisitioned for a U.S. Army Hospital during World War II.


  • World War II - war effort includes intensive crop and livestock production.


  • University of Queensland's Agriculture Faculty opens, ending Gatton's state monopoly on tertiary agricultural education.


  • Control transferred to Department of Public Instruction (renamed Department of Education 1964) and institution becomes Queensland Agricultural High School and College.


  • Low student numbers leads to the suggestion that QAC should be closed.


  • July 9: Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland opens Queensland Agricultural College (QAC) as a combined agricultural college and experimental farm and the first 23 students begin a routine which includes three days in class, three days farm work. College administered by State Department of Agriculture (renamed Department of Agriculture and Stock 1905).


  • August 22: Minister for Agriculture A.J.Thynne conducts stump-capping ceremony for the Foundation Building, and, November 11: State Parliment approves funding.