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A timeline of La Trobe history


La Trobe University Act passed in Victorian Parliament requiring representation from Bendigo and Wodonga on Council

La Trobe University officially opened by Victorian Premier, Sir Henry Bolte at a ceremony attended by former Prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies

La Trobe University set aside land for a wildlife sanctuary.  This is now a popular 30-hectare community asset and education resource


Former ALP president and quiz king Barry Jones, then a La Trobe academic, hosted a visit by controversial writer Malcolm Muggeridge

Indira Gandhi, India’s first female Prime Minister and leading 20th century statesperson visited La Trobe University

Australia’s first Professor of Archaeology and La Trobe’s only resident fellow – legendary figure in classical scholarship, Dale Trendall – moved into Menzies College.  La Trobe’s Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies is named after him

Student activism saw the ‘La Trobe Three’ protestors jailed from six weeks to four months