University of Sydney

Educational institution

First proposed by William Wentworth in 1848 as an expansion of Sydney College, the university was established via the passage of the University of Sydney Act in 1850 and inaugurated in 1852 before moving to Camperdown in 1859. It is the oldest university in Australia.

University of Sydney c1863-1865
Milestones
Incorporated
1990
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1966
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1850
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1859
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1854
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University of Sydney

by Neil Radford, 2016 Creative Commons License

Legislation to incorporate and endow the University of Sydney was passed in 1850 with the first professors arriving in 1852 followed by a cohort of 24 candidates later that year. In 2016, the university has more than 53,000 students, supported by more than 3,500 academic staff in 16 faculties, and boasts the largest university library in the southern hemisphere.
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Site of new university, the University of Sydney, 1854
Colonial Sugar Works, Chippendale 1868
New South Wales Legislative Council, University of Sydney Bill 1852
University of Sydney 1877
Fishing in Victoria Park 1930s
Balloon ascent of Mr Thomas Gale from Victoria Park 7 January 1871
Stained glass depicting Sir Thomas More, the Earl of Surrey, and Edmund Spenser, Great Hall, University of Sydney
John Knox, St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney
Visiting Cambridge scholar Dr Hilary Wayment with the Cambridge Window in the Great Hall, University of Sydney 1982
Middle section of the Royal windows in the Great Hall, University of Sydney
Stained glass window with portrait of John Milton and kangaroo and kookaburra details in St Andrew's College, University of Sydney 1876
Radio astronomers at Sydney University for the 1952 URSI General Assembly
Madsen Building at the University of Sydney when it was occupied by CSIRO 1940
Horsedrawn omnibuses, corner Parramatta Road and Bay Street with Sydney University on the skyline c1870
Annie Praed (l) and Margaret Barnes graduating with their male colleagues as Bachelors of Dental Surgery at the University of Sydney 1906
Fisher Library, MacLaurin Hall 1959
Fisher Library c1920
Fisher Library, University of Sydney 18 May 2011

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