La Trobe University

La Trobe has been one of Australia’s pioneering universities for forty years. Discover our unique history, including our motto and coat of arms.

Celebrating over 40 years of History
In 1967, 552 students enrolled at La Trobe University, the third University to open in Victoria.

It has grown to accommodate more than 30,000 students including approximately 7,600 international students from over 90 countries.

La Trobe now have a network of campuses with 21,000 students at our Melbourne campus and over 5,900 at our campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Beechworth, Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne City and Shepparton

University Name
La Trobe University was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe.

Charles La Trobe was the first Superintendent of the Port Phillip District from 1839 to 1850 and first Lieutenant-Governor of the new colony of Victoria from 1851 to 1854.

He supervised the establishment of self-government, the public library, art gallery, a university, and the development of the gold fields.

Governor La Trobe is also famed for ensuring that a minimum of 20% of all land in Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs contain parkland. This old legislation has helped Melbourne to remain one of the great cities of the world and has contributed to La Trobe’s Wetland conservation program.

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