Rev. Charles Badham, BA, MA, DD, DLitt (hon.)

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1877–84

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1877–84

[image: from T. Butler (ed.), Speeches and Lectures by the late Professor Badham (coll. R. Campbell)]

Charles Badham, English-born, graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, and completed a master’s degree there. Subsequently, after completing a further master’s degree at St Peter’s College, Cambridge, he was ordained as a minister in the Church of England, and obtained his doctorate in Divinity from Cambridge University.

He was appointed to the newly combined chair of Classics and Logic at Sydney in 1867, arriving with a reputation as one of the finest European classicists of his day. He was the most energetic and vocal advocate in the 19th century for this faculty, and the university, among the great legacies of his campaigns being the admission of women students, the institution of evening classes, and the founding of bursaries for less well-off students.

Badham was appointed to the deanship after M.B. Pell retired, and re-appointed to two further terms; he died in office in 1884. He also chaired the Professorial Board. In 1860 his international standing as a Greek textual scholar had been recognised by an honorary doctorate conferred on him by the University of Leyden, Holland.

Australian Dictionary of Biography