Whilst we've been a university for more than 20 years, our history of professional education and research spans more than 100 years. This started with the establishment of the Bathurst Experimental Farm in 1895.
Charles Napier Sturt
Charles Napier Sturt was one of the most important explorers in early Australian history. Sturt sailed to NSW in 1827 and began exploring the region.
Charles Sturt University dates back to 1895, when the Bathurst Experiment Farm was established. Regional institutions in south-western and western NSW were progressively merged, and Charles Sturt University was formally incorporated on 19 July 1989.
The architecture of Charles Sturt University campuses reflect our history and our future. We are part of our local communities and we offer a diverse range of campus environments and experiences.
Emblems and colours
Our main emblems include our Coat of Arms and Charles Sturt University Motto. We use 5 main colours in our designs.
We use various symbols in our ceremonies, including gowns and other traditional items.
See our holders of office, including our Chancellors, Deputy Chancellors, Pro-Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, our Academic Senate Presiding Officer, and our members of the University Council.
Portraits and paintings
We have commissioned portraits of individuals at Charles Sturt University in recognition of their distinguished service. These paintings are by leading Australian artists including Andrew Sibley and Reg Campbell.