UQ Ipswich Pro-vice-chancellor Professor Alan Rix inside the new auditorium.
UQ Ipswich Pro-vice-chancellor Professor Alan Rix inside the new auditorium. David Nielsen

Auditorium to open

IPSWICH'S rich history will be the focus of the first public lecture at the University of Queensland Ipswich campus' new auditorium today.

Author Alan Murray will present a lecture based on his book No Easy Field, which exposes previously overlooked facts about Ipswich's coal mines.

Mr Murray will speak about the outstanding contributions that Ipswich-West Moreton mine workers made to Queensland.

UQ Pro-Vice Chancellor Alan Rix said he was proud to host Mr Murray's lecture.

"Alan Murray has uncovered a side of Ipswich that is not well known, and the lecture will promote this element of Ipswich's heritage," Professor Rix said.

Prof Rix said he wanted to ensure that the first public lecture would be relevant to the wider Ipswich community.

"Ipswich has a very strong history," he said.

"Many families have fathers or grandfathers who worked in the mines."

Prof Rix said the new auditorium was built to accommodate growing student numbers and satisfy a need for video-link technology.

"We've been planning the building for years because our class sizes have increased so much, especially in the health field," he said

"The auditorium is primarily for classes, but the audio-visual equipment could also be used in conferences and community meetings."

Prof Rix expected the auditorium would host many more public lectures, and encouraged Ipswich residents to attend the first lecture.

The free lecture will take place at 5pm, with complimentary tea and coffee, and free parking nearby.