The History of Grace College St Lucia On-Campus Student Accommodation

On 4 April 1970, His Excellency the Governor of Queensland and Chancellor of The University of Queensland, Sir Alan Mansfield KCMG LLB, officially opened Grace College.

The President of the Queensland Conference of the Methodist Church of Australasia, Rev. Cyril D. Alcorn MBG MA BD CF, dedicated the buildings.

The Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Queensland jointly funded the College to provide a suitable Christian environment and place of residence for young women attending The University of Queensland. The College is now an agency of The Uniting Church in Australia (Qld Synod) and The Presbyterian Church of Queensland.

In the naming of the College, the founding bodies declared their hope that the College would be a community of learning based on Christian foundations. For Christians, the College motto, “My grace is sufficient [for you, for power is made perfect in weakness]” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NRSV) , reminds us that no matter where or how we find ourselves, we can be assured that God is right there with us. The marker of God’s presence is not necessarily how we achieve or manage our successes, but how we acknowledge our weaknesses, and work with patience and endurance through them for the sake of that which is more significant—God’s utter love and care for the Creation that God made, including us; and God’s gift of reconciliation with the Creation through Jesus Christ.

The Grace College coat of arms depicts a purple passion cross with fleur-de-lis points on a silver lozenge shape, which in turn surmounts a red shield. In heraldry, the lozenge or diamond shape was associated with women, while the cross represents Christianity. The fleur-de-lis symbolises Jesus Christ.