Historical timeline

The buildings at UNE harbour and trigger memories and stories of Australia’s first regional university, a place where knowledge and philosophy was upheld and encouraged from 1938.

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1938: ‘New England University College’ established at Booloominbah (part of Sydney University). Booloominbah heated from a steam boiler in the basement.

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'54

1954-1955: College granted autonomy as ‘University of New England’ comprising of a number of buildings. Steam boiler converted to high pressure hot water boiler. Heating system struggling to cope with expanding University.

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1957-1960: University transforming into a growing Campus. Plans underway for a central heating plant with a suitable site selected.

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1961: First main coal powered Boilerhouse built (called Stage 1).

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1964-1966: UNE Campus still expanding. Stage 2 Boilerhouse completed (in 2 phases) with 2 new Bouellat boiler units.

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1967: UNE begin planning for additional heating capacity and estimate that two more boilers will be required, the first by 1972 and a second by 1975.

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'73

1973: Stage 3 Boilerhouse (current building) complete.

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1975: Boilerhouse architect G.P. Webber receives a Royal Australian Institute of Architecture award.

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'99

1999: Boilerhouse decommissioned.

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2018: Remediation of Boilerhouse begins.