Griffith University - Fact or Fabrication?

Below are some statements about our organisation. Some are true - others are false. If you have some time to view the statements, see if you can then decide which are fact and which are a fabrication.

1. Griffith University was the second university to open in Queensland.

2. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) was established by Griffith University in 1975.

3. The University's namesake, Sir Samuel Griffith, was born in England before migrating to Australia.

4. Ms Leneen Forde, our former Griffith University Chancellor, was the first woman to be appointed Chancellor of an Australian University.

5. Sir Samuel Griffith was a founding father of a Federated Australia and the chief author of Australia's constitution.

6. Sir Johannes "Joh" Bjelke-Petersen (former Queensland Premier) was appointed Griffith University's first Vice Chancellor in 1973.

7. Griffith University's Interim Council (later Griffith Council) began in 1971 with no women on the committee.

8. Former Australian winter Olympics and world champion speed skater Steven Bradbury was once a student of Griffith University.

9. Griffith University was originally a campus of the University of Queensland.

10. Former Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor John Willett was a decorated navy pilot during the Second World War and played a part in the bombing and subsequent sinking of the famous German battleship, Bismarck.

11. Griffith University lobbied against Brisbane hosting the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

12. Sir Theodor Bray had been the Chancellor at University of Queensland before taking up the position of Griffith University's foundation Chancellor.

13. The original Griffith University Student Council (GUUS) established in 1975 had a direct telephone line to and an open door arrangement with the Vice Chancellor.

14. Griffith was the first university in Australia to open Schools of Modern Asian Studies and Australian Environmental Studies.

15. The Griffith University ceremony to commence teaching held in March of 1975 was attended by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

16. During the Second World War, former Chancellor Sir Theodor Bray conducted an interview with famous American armed forces leader, General Douglas MacArthur.

17. Debra Cunningham was Griffith University's first recipient of a Bachelor's Degree award in 1978.

18. Oxford University in England was the blue print used to establish Griffith University's foundation policies and principles.

19. Sir Samuel Griffith was the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

20. Peerless cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman was once offered an honorary doctorate by the Griffith University Council for his services to sport/cricket, which he subsequently declined.


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Former Griffith student and Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Bradbury in 2002 (pictured right)