Our history

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

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.

Timeline

Timeline

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 CSU was formally incorporated on 19 July 1989.

Campus histories

Campus histories

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

Emblems and colours

Our main emblems include our Coat of Arms and CSU Motto. We use 5 main colours in our designs.

Ceremonial symbols

Ceremonial symbols

We use various symbols in our ceremonies, including gowns and other traditional items.

Office holders

Office holders

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

Portraits and paintings

We have commissioned portraits of individuals at CSU in recognition of their distinguished service. These paintings are by leading Australian artists including Andrew Sibley and Reg Campbell.