Ms Jo Marshall, pictured with her daughter Bella, proudly wears the blazer which she donated to the University of New England on behalf of her father Geoffrey (Toby) Rose.

The blazer dates back to UNE’s formation period when it was known as the New England University College (NEUC) and ran as a college of the University of Sydney from 1938 to 1954.

Mr Rose, and his fellow students, were the first cohort to choose whether they graduate from the newly established University of New England or from the University of Sydney.

Mr Rose, having chosen UNE, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1955, majoring in Geology and Chemistry.

After graduation Mr Rose worked as a geologist in the New South Wales coal and minerals industry. For 10 years, until 1992, he was Director-General of the NSW Department of Mineral Resources and Chair of the Mines Subsidence Board. He was awarded the Order of Australia for contributions to mining and minerals research in 1993.