Rob Robertson-Cuninghame

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Rob Robertson-Cuninghame
4th Chancellor of the
University of New England
In office
Preceded by Sir Frank Kitto
Succeeded by Pat O'Shane
Personal details
Born (1924-05-31)31 May 1924
Died 10 September 2010(2010-09-10) (aged 86)
Alma mater

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

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 for honours students, which has also been named after the former Chancellor.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Robertson-Cuninghame, Robert, Clarence (1924 - )". Unlocking Regiomal Memory. The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "UNE Chancellor farewells ‘giant of a man’". Armidale Express. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Governance". Alumni Relations. University of New England. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Sydney Alumni Rhodes Scholars list". Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars. University of Sydney. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Robertson-Cuninghame Honours Scholarship". The University of New England. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Frank Kitto
Chancellor of the University of New England
Succeeded by
Pat O'Shane