University of Queensland Gardens and Lakes in July 2008

Note: I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to  different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.

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I have had quite an involvement with the University of Queensland.  I finished a Science degree (in biological science) at the University of  Queensland in 1974. The Federal  Government provided free university fees in that  era compared to the Hex fee arrangements which are part of the Federal Government’s policy now. We drove cars  to University or we hitchhiked  there  which was  very common.  There were no mobile phones and no Internet (therefore no e-mailing or  websites)  ….. they had not been  invented.

I was out there in July 2008 as my son Anthony  was doing a degree there and  had been living  down river at West End near the  Brisbane  River.  He  would catch the CityCat which picked  up the students  from the West End Ferry Terminal  and took them up the river to University Of Queensland TerminalThe University is five minutes up the hill where you enter near the Student Union Buildings ….. See the Website  for the CityCat  service.  The new CityCat  service  now joins the whole of Brisbane by the River.  The University had  greatly changed since I was there in the early 1970’s  with addition  of lakes  and parkland leading from the new Eleanor Schonell Bridge leading to the actual buildings of the University. See the  photos  below.

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….. Brisbane’s new Eleanor Schonell Bridge  is Australia’s first pedestrian, cycle and bus bridge. The A$55 million bridge is  designed to carry buses, cyclists, pedestrians  and emergency service vehicles.  Eleanor Schonell, after whom the bridge was named, was a noted teacher, academic and author. She did pioneering work with disabled children which established an international reputation for the University of Queensland.

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…. Walking back to the Student Union buildings …..

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…… the view over the third lake  with the reflections of trees and clouds  ……..

 

 

…… Ibis feeding on the edges of the third lake ….

 

 …… Wood ducks feeding in the grass beside the lakes ….  These ducks are often in groups of two or three ducks. They waddle across the land generally amongst the taller grass but here it is mown grass.   They are looking for insects and things to eat. They do not normally swim in the water of ponds as black ducks often do.

See the website: Images for australian wood duck.

….. the lake with the fountain (view pdf at 30%)  in the third of three lakes on Campus …

 

 

 

….. A white crane with its reflection  feeding on the edge of the first lake …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

….. there are three lakes on campus you  can now wander down amongst ….. absolutely beautiful !!!  with waterbirds, trees, reflections and wildlife …..

 

….. the main student path going down  to the new Eleanor Schonell Bridge ….

 

….. The softball diamond on the left of the main student path …..

See the location of this new oval at  …. St Lucia Campus …..

 

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