La Trobe has been one of Australia’s pioneering universities for forty years. Discover our unique history, including our motto and coat of arms.
Celebrating over 40 years of History
In 1967, 552 students enrolled at La Trobe University, the third University to open in Victoria.
It has grown to accommodate more than 26,000 students including approximately 3,500 international students from over 90 countries.
We now have a network of campuses with 15,000 students at our Melbourne (Bundoora) campus and over 7,000 at our campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Beechworth, Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne City and Shepparton,
La Trobe University was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe.
Charles La Trobe was the first Superintendent of the Port Phillip District from 1839 to 1850 and first Lieutenant-Governor of the new colony of Victoria from 1851 to 1854.
He supervised the establishment of self-government, the public library, art gallery, a university, and the development of the gold fields.
Governor La Trobe is also famed for ensuring that a minimum of 20% of all land in Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs contain parkland. This old legislation has helped Melbourne to remain one of the great cities of the world and has contributed to La Trobe's Wetland conservation program.
La Trobe University Coat of Arms
La Trobe University crest
La Trobe University's Armorial Bearings combine significant symbols that encapsulate its history, goals and pride in its Victorian genesis.
Australia is represented by the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle, one of the world's largest eagles. Victoria is represented by the sprigs of heath, Victoria's floral emblem.
The open book refers to the University's commitment to learning. The scallop shells are part of the La Trobe family bearings and have been included to acknowledge the La Trobe name.
The French motto "Qui cherche trouve" (Whoever seeks shall find) is a modern version of the La Trobe family motto.
Today La Trobe is renowned for its academic excellence and research achievements.
Over 100,000 students have graduated from La Trobe University thus far and have gone on to achieve great things in all walks of life, giving La Trobe its well deserved reputation.