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Chancellor Robert Hope biography

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About Chancellor Robert Hope

Justice Robert Hope was the University of Wollongong’s founding Chancellor. Justice Hope commenced as Chancellor at the University of Wollongong in 1975 and served the University for 22 years. He is credited with playing a crucial role in the University of Wollongong’s transition from a small regional University to an internationally-recognised and highly-respected tertiary institution.

Justice Robert Hope served as a judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court and the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Notably, he was appointed by Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke as Royal Commissioner to lead enquiries into Australia’s security and intelligence services.

During his long and distinguished professional career, Justice Hope also pursued numerous community interests, including taking on an active role in promoting indigenous education and training for Tranby Aboriginal College. He had strong interests in theatre, art and Australia’s cultural heritage and held the position of Chairman of both the Nimrod and Old Tote theatre companies. He also served as Chairman of the NSW Heritage Council.

Justice Robert Hope is remembered for the wisdom, empathy and good humour he brought to all of his professional and community endeavours, and in particular by the University of Wollongong for his outstanding service to the University.

Justice Robert Hope passed away in 1999, aged 80.

To celebrate Justice Hope’s life and contribution, the Chancellor Robert Hope Memorial Prize is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional academic performance and an outstanding contribution to the University and wider community. As the only prize awarded by the University Council, it is considered the University’s pre-eminent student prize.