Rob Robertson-Cuninghame

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Rob Robertson-Cuninghame
Fourth Chancellor of the University of New England
Term 1981 – 1993
Predecessor Sir Frank Kitto
Successor Pat O'Shane
Born (1924-05-31)31 May 1924
Died 10 September 2010(2010-09-10) (aged 86)
Alma mater University of Sydney

Robert Clarence Robertson-Cuninghame AO (31 May 1924[1] – 10 September 2010[2]), Australian pastoralist and academic, was the fourth Chancellor of the University of New England from 1981 until 1993.[3]

A descendant of Frederick Robert White, the builder of Booloominbah, Robertson-Cuninghame was educated at The Armidale School and the University of Sydney where he studied a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, before winning a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford in 1949.[4]

Dr Robertson-Cuninghame served as patron to the UNE Union, who in 2003 named the central cafeteria Dr Rob's in his honour. Today, the university also offers the Robertson-Cuninghame Honours Scholarship of $5,500 for honours students, which has also been named after the former Chancellor.[5]

Preceded by
Sir Frank Kitto
Chancellor of the University of New England
Succeeded by
Pat O'Shane

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Robertson-Cuninghame, Robert, Clarence (1924 - )". Unlocking Regiomal Memory. The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ "UNE Chancellor farewells ‘giant of a man’". Armidale Express. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Governance". University of New England - Alumni. University of New England Alumni Relations. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Sydney Alumni Rhodes Scholars list". Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars. University of Sydney Alumni and Friends. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Robertson-Cuninghame Honours Scholarship". The University of New England. Retrieved 2007-08-28.