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James Mayne Portrait Plaque : 04-08-2013
James Mayne Portrait Plaque : 04-08-2013

Photographs supplied by John Huth

Life size bronze portrait medallion relief accompanied by a bronze dedication plaque commemorates one of the University's first and most significant benefactors, Dr James O'Neil Mayne. The portrait of Dr Mayne was based on a photograph of taken when he was 38 years of age in 1899 when he was Superintendent of the Brisbane General Hospital.

The principal benefactors of the University of Queensland, James and his sister Mary, gave 693 acres (280 ha) of Moggill land for agricultural education in 1923, and after negotiations beginning in 1926 paid £63,000 to resume over 200 acres (81 ha) at St Lucia. Mayne was attracted to this extensive river site by memories of Sydney University's small ground space and lack of water frontage.

Dr James Mayne, who was a medical superintendent of the Brisbane General Hospital (now Royal Brisbane Hospital) from 1898 to 1903, was a long-time supporter of the University. In 1939, as the sandstone-clad buildings were taking shape at St Lucia, James Mayne died. Upon Mary Emelia Mayne's death in 1940, their Estate went to benefit the University Medical School, their names perpetuated in the naming of the Mayne Medical School.

The Mayne Estate bequeathed a significant number of artworks to the University’s Collection.



 

Location

Address:University Drive, Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland , St Lucia , 4067
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.497113
Long: 153.013067
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Humanitarian
Monument Designer:Dr Rhyll Inwood
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2010
Front Inscription

(relief portrait)
DR JAMES O'NEIL MAYNE
1861  1939

(plaque)
IN HONOUR OF
DR JAMES O'NEIL MAYNE
WHOSE GENEROUS PHILANTHROPIC GIFTS TO
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
HAVE TRANSFORMED HIGHER EDUCATION IN
QUEENSLAND AND THE LIVES OF GENERATIONS

 

Source: MA, ADB
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