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History of giving

USQ is founded on a proud history of giving. In 1961, the Toowoomba Foundry pledged £10,000, while Pigott’s, The Chronicle and Falconer Motors offered £1,000 each towards the founding of the University.

Then in 1963, the ‘Barnstorming Tour’, a much publicised air tour of South West Queensland in a light aircraft covering 14 towns from Stanthorpe to Charleville, raised funds through subscriptions to the Darling Downs University Establishment Association (DDUEA) to support the founding of the University. By 1966 the DDUEA had some 10,000 subscribing members. 

In the following years, construction of the Toowoomba campus boomed with support from local families, businesses and government. 

In 1994 the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre was completed thanks to the generous support of local philanthropist Clive Berghofer. In 1998, the construction of Q Block was funded through a bequest left to the University by long-time patron and friend, Mr Keith Bellmaine as well as a payroll deduction staff giving campaign by University employees.

Today, the Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich campuses all benefit from the ongoing support and good will of their local communities.

If you would like to be part of the next chapter of giving to USQ please contact USQ Advancement.

Evolution of the USQ campuses