Fact or fabrication: how well do you know Griffith Uni?


Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury

How well do you really know Griffith University? 

The Griffith Archive have given us 10 statements about our uni – some are true, others are false. Reckon you can guess them all correctly? Give it a shot and let us know how you go!

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.

Answers:
1. False 2. True 3. False 4. False 5. True 6. False 7. False 8. True 9. False 10. True 

For more interesting information on Griffith University and its history, check out the Griffith Archive website.