The University of New England, Australia’s first regional university, is built around one of the nation’s most magnificent country houses, Booloominbah — one of the many buildings designed by John Horbury Hunt and now listed by the National Trust. UNE graduates have indelible memories of graduation ceremonies on the lawns of Booloominbah overlooked by this masterpiece of nineteenth-century domestic architecture
John Horbury Hunt one of the foremost architects of his day, designed Booloominbah for Frederick Robert White. It was conceived as a ‘gentleman’s house’ that would reflect White’s status as a community leader and successful pastoralist. F.R. White was the great uncle of Australia’s Nobel-Prize-winning novelist Patrick White.