Fellows of Senate

Early University of Sydney graduates who became Fellows of Senate

Name University of Sydney student Career Membership of Senate  

William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer


 

 

 

 




Windeyer as an under-
graduate, photo,
University of Sydney
Archives

Windeyer was in the 1st cohort of students admitted to the University of Sydney between 1852 and 1855.

Windeyer was one of the 7 original students who graduated BA at the first graduation ceremony in 1856. 

He graduated MA at the first graduation ceremony held in the Great Hall in 1859.    

He became a barrister, served in several government administrations and became Judge of the Supreme Court. He was knighted in 1891.

Windeyer  was the 1st University of Sydney graduate to become a Fellow of Senate, serving from 1866 to 1897.

He was elected Vice-Chancellor from 1883 to 1886, and Chancellor from 1895 to 1896.

Henry Chamberlain Russell 
Henry Chamberlain Russell
Russell as a young man,
photo, courtesy of the
Powerhouse Museum
Collection on flickr
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Russell was in the 3rd cohort of students admitted to the University, and was a student from 1856 to 1858.

Russell graduated BA at the first graduation ceremony held in the Great Hall - in 1859.     

He became an astronomer, meteorologist and scientist. He was Government Astronomer, and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1890.

Russell was the 2nd graduate to be come a Fellow of Senate.

He was a Fellow for 32 years from 1875 and was elected Vice-Chancellor  from 1891 to 1892.     

Arthur Renwick

Renwick was in the 2nd cohort of students admitted to the University, and was a student from 1854 to 1856.

Renwick graduated BA at the University's second graduation ceremony held in 1857.

He became a physician, philanthropist and politician. He was knighted in 1894.

Renwick was the 3rd graduate to become a Fellow of Senate, serving for 31 years from 1877.

He was elected Vice-Chancellor 1889–1891, 1892–1893, 1900–1902 and 1906–1908.

Alexander Oliver

Oliver was in the 1st cohort of students admitted to the University of Sydney in 1852. However he had to return to England with his family and did not complete his BA.

He graduated MA from the University in 1869. 

He became a public servant, and served as President of the Land Appeal Court.

Oliver was an elected Fellow of Senate from 1879 to 1904. 

Edmund Barton
Edmund Barton
Barton as a young
graduate, photo,
National Library of
Australia,
nla.ms-ms51-12-1257

In 1865 Barton matriculated at the University of Sydney. Next year he won a prize for classics and the £50 (William) Lithgow scholarship. In 1867 he studied under Professor Charles Badham, and won the (Sir Daniel) Cooper scholarship.

He graduated BA in 1868 and MA (by examination) in 1870.

He became a barrister, politician and federationist, becoming the first Prime Minister of Australia and a judge of the High Court. He was knighted in 1902.

Barton was an elected Fellow 1880–1889 and 1892–1920.

Alfred Paxton Backhouse
Alfred Paxton Backhouse
Backhouse as a 
member of the Football
Club team in 1871,
photo, University of
Sydney
Archives

Backhouse was an undergraduate Arts student at the University from 1870 to 1872.

He graduated BA with honours in 1873 and MA in 1875.

He became a barrister and a judge.

Backhouse was an elected Fellow from 1887 to 1938, and was declared a lifetime Fellow in 1912. 

He was elected Vice-Chancellor 1893–1895, 1896–1900 and 1911–1914.

Cecil Bedford Stephen

Stephen was at Sydney University between 1858 and 1860, winning University Scholarships for general proficiency each year as well as the Barker Scholarship (for Mathematical Science) and the Deas Thomson Scholarship (for Physical Science) in 1860.

He graduated BA in 1862, and MA in 1864.

He became a barrister.

Stephen was an elected Fellow 1888–1910.

Thomas Butler

in 1873 Butler won a scholarship to the University of Sydney. At St John's College in 1874-75, he won the Lithgow, (Daniel) Cooper and Deas-Thomson scholarships.

He graduated BA in 1876 with 1st class honours and prizes in classics and natural science.

He became Professor of Latin at the University of Sydney.

Butler was an ex-officio Fellow from 1888 to 1913, the  first member of the teaching staff of the University elected by the graduates to a position on the governing body.

Francis Edward Rogers

Rogers graduated BA in 1861; MA in 1863 with a gold medal in chemistry and experimental physics; and LLB in 1867.

He became a barrister and a District Court Judge.

Rogers was an elected Fellow 1889–1913.

Richard Edward (Dick) O’Connor

O'Connor won the Wentworth Medal in 1870.

He graduated BA in 1871 and MA in 1873.

He became a barrister, a member of Parliament and a High Court Judge.

O'Connor was an elected Fellow 1891-92 and 1893-1912.

Henry Charles Lennox Anderson

On a scholarship at the University of Sydney, Anderson won the University Prize in 1872, the Belmore Medal for agricultural chemistry in 1873, and the Hercules Robinson prize for Shakespearian scholarship and literature in 1877.

He graduated BA in 1873 and MA in 1878.

He became a public servant and was Director of the NSW Department of Agriculture.

Anderson was an elected Fellow 1895–1919.

William Portus Cullen

Cullen won various scholarships and prizes during his course.

He graduated BA with 1st class honours in classics in 1880, and went on to graduate MA (1882), LLB (1885) and LLD (1887).

He became a barrister, a member of Parliament and Chief Justice of New South Wales. Knighted in 1911, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1912. Cullen was an elected Fellow 1896–1934.

Elected Vice-Chancellor  1906–1911, he was Chancellor for 20 years from 1914.

Samuel Walker Griffith

In 1862 Griffith won the (Sir Daniel) Cooper scholarship in classics (Professor Woolley assessing him as one of the four best students of his decade), and the (Thomas) Barker scholarship in mathematics. He also studied law, taking general jurisprudence as an extra university course.

In 1863 he graduated BA with 1st class honours in classics and mathematics, and MA in 1870.

He became a barrister and politician who served as Premier  of Queensland and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. He was knighted.

Griffith was an elected Fellow 1904–1919.

Francis Hewitt (Frank) Leverrier

Leverrier won a scholarship and  resided in St John's College (until asked to leave in August 1882 because of his inability to submit to college discipline - eight years later he was elected a fellow). He won the Levey, Deas Thomson, R C Want and Renwick scholarships. 

In 1884 he graduated BA with 1st class honours, the gold medal in natural science and the Belmore gold medal for agricultural chemistry. In 1885 he graduated BSc with 1st class honours and the gold medal.

He became a barrister and Challis Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney.

Leverrier was an elected Fellow 1907–1939.

He was elected Vice-Chancellor 1914–1917 and 1921–1923.

Cecil Purser
Cecil Purser
Purser as a 2nd year
medical student in 1886,
photo, University of
Sydney
Archives

While at the University of Sydney Purser resided in St Andrew's College, captained the University cricket team and was a successful athlete. He was a foundation member (president 1891-92) of the Sydney University Medical Society.

He graduated BA in 1885 and MB ChM in 1890.

He became an eminent consulting physician.

Purser was an elected Fellow 1909–1939.

He was elected Vice-Chancellor 1917–1918 and 1923; and Deputy Chancellor 1924–1926.
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Albert Bathurst Piddington

In 1883 Piddington graduated BA with 1st class honours and the University medal in classics.

He became a barrister, politician and reformer.

Piddington was an elected Fellow 1910–1924.

John Beverley Peden
John Beverley Peden
Peden as Vice-Warden
of St Paul's in 1899,
photo, University of
Sydney Archives

While studying law, Peden was vice-warden of St Paul's College (1892-99), assistant lecturer in Latin (1896), president of the Sydney University Union (1893-94 and again in 1910-11) and of the Undergraduates' Association, and editor of Hermes (1895).

He graduated BA with 1st class honours in Latin and in logic and mental philosophy in 1892. In 1898 he graduated LLB with 1st class honours and the University medal.

He became a barrister and Professor of Law at the University of Sydney.

Peden was a Fellow representing the teaching staff from 1910 to 1941.

Peter Board

In 1885 Board was one of the first group of evening students to enrol at the University of Sydney. He graduated with 2nd class honours in mathematics and, in that subject, was second in his year.

He graduated BA in 1889, and MA in 1891.

He became Director of Education, and  was appointed CMG in 1916.

Board was a Fellow appointed by the Governor 1913–1924.

David Gilbert Ferguson

In 1882 Ferguson entered St Andrew's College, University of Sydney and financed his studies by reporting for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph and, while living in Brisbane for several months of the year,  for Queensland Hansard.

He graduated BA in 1886.

He became a barrister and judge of the Supreme Court of NSW, and was a Professor of Law at the University. He was knighted in 1934.

Ferguson was an elected Fellow 1913–1934.

He was elected Vice-Chancellor  1919–1921.

Daniel Levy
Daniel Levy
Levy as a secondary
school student in 1889,
photo, Australian Town
and Country Journal,
 19 October 1889

An undergraduate Arts student from 1890 to 1892, Levy won a number of scholarships including: Bowman-Cameron (1890), Lithgow (1890), Cooper Scholarship for Classics (1891 and 1892) and George Allen (1891). He received 1st class honours in his second year Classics exams.

He graduated BA with 1st class honours in Latin and Greek and the University medal for classics in 1893, and LLB with 2nd class honours in 1895.

He became a lawyer and politican, and was knighted in 1929.

Levy was a Fellow representing the Legislative Council 1913–1936.

John Job Crew Bradfield
John Bradfield
Bradfield  c1886,
photo 14162,
Picture Ipswitch,
Ipswitch City Council


 

Bradfield matriculated at the University of Sydney with honours in mathematics in 1886. Residing at St Andrew's College, he won the Levey Scholarship for Chemistry, the Smith Prize for Physics and the Sulman Prize for Architecture, with 1st class honours throughout the engineering course.

He graduated BE with the University Gold Medal in 1889; and ME with first-class honours and the University Medal in 1896.

In 1924 he received the first doctorate of science in engineering awarded by the University of Sydney, for a thesis entitled 'The city and suburban electric railways and the Sydney Harbour Bridge'.

He became a civil engineer and designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In 1933 he was appointed CMG.

Bradfield was a Fellow elected by the graduates 1913–1943.

He was elected Deputy Chancellor 1942-1943.

Philip Whistler Street

Street lived at St Paul's College and graduated BA in 1883.

He became Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor. He was knighted in 1928.

Street was a Fellow elected by the Fellows
1915–1934.

He was Deputy Chancellor 1926-1928. 

Arthur Henry Garnsey
Arthur Henry Garnsey
Garnsey in 1888,
photo,  Australian Town
and Country Journal, 
17 November 1888

An undergraduate student at the University of Sydney, Garnsey captained the University cricket team and also won a 'blue' for tennis.

He graduated BA with first-class honours in Greek in 1894, and MA in 1896.

He became an Anglican clergyman.

Garnsey was a Fellow elected by the graduates 1918–1919 and 1934–1942.

George Henry Abbott
George Henry Abbott
Abbott in 1886 as a
St Paul's student,
photo, University of
Sydney Archives

Abbott passed the University of Sydney matriculation exams in 1886, won the Kenwick scholarship for general proficiency, Dr Haswell's prize for zoology and the Deas Thomson scholarship for natural science (1886).

He graduated BA with first class honours in chemistry and botany in 1888, and MB ChM in 1891.

He was a physician. Abbott was a Fellow elected by the graduates 1919–1929.

Constance Elizabeth D’Arcy

D'Arcy graduated MB ChM with 2nd class honours in 1904.

She became an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and was created a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

D'Arcy was the first female Fellow elected by the graduates.

She was a Fellow for 30 years from 1919, and was Deputy Chancellor 1943-1946.

Charles Bickerton Blackburn
Charles Bickerton Blackburn
Blackburn as a Resident
Medical
Officer at Royal
Prince
Alfred Hospital
around 1900,
photo
G3_224_0883,
University
of Sydney
Archives

Blackburn graduated MB ChM in 1899 and MD in 1903. He topped each year of his course and gained his doctorate for a thesis on cystic disease of the liver and kidneys.

He became a physician and University Chancellor. He was knighted in 1936 and appointed KCMG in 1960.

 

Blackburn was a Fellow elected by the graduates 1919–1964.

He was  Deputy Chancellor 1939-1941 and Chancellor 1941-1964.

Arthur Edward Mills
Edward Arthur Mills
Mills in an 1889
graduation photo,
from the Centenary Book
of the Faculty of Medicine

Mills undergraduate career at the University of Sydney was extremely good and he achieved honours in ten subjects: classics, mathematics, chemistry, botany, anatomy, physiology, pathology, medicine, surgery and midwifery.

He completed the common first year in 1884, enrolled in Medicine II in 1885 and graduated MB ChM with 2nd class honours in 1889 in minimum time.

He became a physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Mills was firstly a Fellow representing the teaching staff 1920–1925, 1929–1934 and
1920–1925, and then a Fellow elected by the graduates 1934-1939.

He was Deputy Chancellor 1936-1939.

Joseph Hector Carruthers
Joseph Hector Carruthers
Photo, The Sydney Mail,
18 September 1907

Carruthers was a Foundation member of the University Debating and Literary Society in 1874, and played cricket and football for the University.

He graduated BA with honours in 1876 and MA in 1878.

He became a solicitor, parliamentarian and Premier of NSW. He was knighted in 1908.

Carruthers was a Fellow elected by the Legislative Council 1921–1923.

Ernest Rudolph Holme

Holme graduated BA with 1st class honours in Latin and English in 1891, and MA in 1909.

He was appointed to the McCaughey Chair of English Language at the University of Sydney, and was Dean of the Faculty.

Holme was a Fellow representative of the teaching staff 1921–1925.

Broughton Barnabas O’Conor

O'Conor graduated BA in 1892 and LLB in 1895.

He became a barrister and politician.

O'Conor was a Fellow elected by the Legislative Council 1923–1934.

Henry Ebenezer Barff

In 1873 Barff went to the University of Sydney where he won the (Solomon) Levey and the (Thomas) Barker scholarships.

He graduated BA in 1876 with the University Prize (Medal, in mathematics and MA in 1882.

He became Registrar at the University of Sydney, and was appointed CMG in 1923

Barff was a Fellow 1924–1925.

Samuel Henry Egerton Barraclough

Barraclough graduated BE in 1892.

He became Peter Nicol Russell Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University, and was Dean of the Faculty. He was knighted in 1920.

Barraclough was a Fellow 1925–1933, 1944–1954 - first as representative of the teaching staff, and then elected by the graduates.

Ernest Meyer Mitchell
Ernest Meyer Mitchell
Mitchell in 1899 before
becoming an undergraduate, photo, Australian Town
and Country Journal,
 9 November 1889

At the University of Sydney Mitchell won several prizes, gained his rowing 'blue' and was treasurer of 'Hermes'.

He graduated BA with 1st class honours in classics in 1896 and LLB in 1900 with the University medal.

He became a barrister and politician, and was Challis lecturer in common law subjects at the University.

Mitchell was a Fellow elected by the graduates 1925–1934.