The University of Sydney was Australia's first university.
In the Rowland Sinclair Novels Edit
Selwyn Higgins is a professor of philosophy here.
The university was started in 1850 by William Charles Wentworth, with the idea that it would give “the opportunity for the child of every class to become great and useful in the destinies of this country”. (University of Sydney website)
In 1881 women were admitted on equal footing with male students. Since the University was established it has been supported by prominent Sydney figures, e.g. John Henry Challis gave the University $32 million dollars in 1880.
From the University of Sydney's website:
The University’s doors open with a focus on the classics, sciences and mathematics, as well as 'modern' subjects French, German and political thought.
Origins (1852–81) Edit
1856 First degrees given 1859 Great Hall opens 1874 University of Sydney Union (USU) established – the first in Australia 1880 John Henry Challis leaves us the equivalent of $32 million
We become one of the first universities in world to admit female students.
Pictured: Female students enjoying afternoon tea outside the women's common room in around 1893. Photograph reproduced courtesy of University of Sydney Archives G3 224 367.
Turn of the century (1904–19) Edit
1904 Nigel Barker becomes our first Olympian at the St Louis games 1919 Faculties increase from four to 10 1919 Pioneering obstetrician and gynaecologist Dame Constance D’Arcy becomes the first woman elected to the University Senate.
The University of Sydney War Memorial Carillon dedicated on Anzac Day to commemorate the 197 undergraduates, graduates and staff who died in the First World War.
Modernity (1920s–50s) Edit
1929 Students’ Representative Council formed 1929 First edition of Honi Soitgoes to print 1951 First PhDs awarded
Charles Perkins leads the Freedom Ride bus tour of western and coastal NSW to fight for the rights of Indigenous Australians.
1960s and beyond Edit
1965 Honi Soit sends a reporter to Vietnam 1972 USU and Sydney University Women’s Union join forces 2008 Biggest ever fundraising drive, INSPIRED, launches 2012 'Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu' strategy launches to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation
The Charles Perkins Centre, a cross-disciplinary research and education hub, opens to discover life-changing solutions to global health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and related conditions.
Jack Manning Bancroft