Fellows of Senate

The first 16 Fellows

A Proclamation by His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy, Knight Companion of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of the Territory of New South Wales, dated 24 December 1850, announced the appointment of the original Senate. The Proclamation was published in the New South Wales Government Gazette dated 24 December 1850.


THE GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT 24 December 1850

The original Gazette supplement 24 December 1850

The original Gazette supplement 24 December 1850, University of Sydney Archives.

THE REVEREND WILLIAM BINNINGTON BOYCE

The Reverend William Binnington Boyce (1804 - 1889) was a leader in the Wesleyan Church and a noted linguist. He was Fellow of Senate until 1859.

The Rev William Binnington Boyce

The Rev William Binnington Boyce, photo G3_224_495, University of Sydney Archives.

EDWARD BROADHURST, ESQUIRE

Edward Broadhurst, Esquire, QC (1810 - 1883) was the father of the New South Wales Bar and a noted classical scholar. He served on Senate until 1856.

Edward Broadhurst c1856

Edward Broadhurst c1856, photo, The Sydney Mail, 16 May 1906, Google News Archive.

JOHN BAYLEY DARVALL, ESQUIRE

John Bayley Darvall, Esquire, QC (1809 - 1883), later Sir John Bayley Darvall KCMG, was a barrister, a member of the Legislative Council and later Solicitor-General and Attorney General. He was a Fellow of Senate until 1868.

Sir John Bayley Darvall

Sir John Bayley Darvall, photo, Mitchell Pictures, State Library of NSW, Digital order no. gpo1_10955.

THE RIGHT REVEREND CHARLES HENRY DAVIS

The Right Reverend Charles Henry Davis (1815 - 1854) was the Roman Catholic Bishop Coadjutor to Archbishop Polding. He was a Fellow of Senate until 1854.

The Right Reverend Charles Henry Davis

The Right Reverend Charles Henry Davis, photo, The catholic Press, 6 September 1928, National Library of Australia.

THE HONOURABLE EDWARD DEAS-THOMSON, ESQUIRE

The Honourable Edward Deas-Thomson, Esquire (1800 - 1879), later Sir Edward Deas-Thomson KCMG, was Colonial Secretary. Serving on Senate from 1850 to 1879, he was elected Vice-Chancellor by and from the Fellows between 1862 and 1865; and Chancellor between 1865 and 1878.

The Hon Edward Deas-Thomson

The Hon Edward Deas-Thomson, image, University of Sydney Archives.

ALFRED DENISON, ESQUIRE

Alfred Robert Denison, Esquire was a distinguished private citizen who became Private Secretary to the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales, Sir William Thomas Denison (his brother), in 1856. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1853 and from 1856 to 1860.

STUART ALEXANDER DONALDSON, ESQUIRE

Stuart Alexander Donaldson, Esquire (1812 - 1867), later Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, was a leading merchant and a member of the Legislative Council, who became the Premier of the first New South Wales ministry under responsible government in 1857. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1861.

Stuart Alexander Donaldson

Stuart Alexander Donaldson, image, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a1304018.

EDWARD WILLIAM TERRICK HAMILTON, ESQUIRE

Edward William Terrick Hamilton, Esquire (1809 - 1898), who had been fifth Wrangler at Cambridge, had pastoral interests. He served as a Fellow of Senate from 1850 to 1854, and was elected the University's first Provost (Chancellor) by and from the Fellows between 1851 and 1854.

Edward Hamilton

Edward Hamilton, portrait by unknown artist, University Art Collection, reproduced with the permission of the University of Sydney.

JAMES MACARTHUR, ESQUIRE

James Macarthur, Esquire (1798 - 1867) was a member of the family famous for their development of the pastoral industry. His descendants later added" Onslow" to their name. He was a Fellow until 1860.

James Macarthur

James Macarthur, watercolour on ivory miniature ca. 1820, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: a128656.

FRANCIS LEWIS SHAW MEREWETHER, ESQUIRE

Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether, Esquire (1811 - 1899) was Auditor-General. He was a Fellow of Senate from 1850 to 1875 and, during this period, he was elected Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Provost) from 1854 to 1862 and Chancellor from 1862 to 1865.

Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether

Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether, from the portrait dated 1878; unknown artist; oil on canvas; Commissioned by public subscription; University Art Collection, reproduced with the permission of the University.

CHARLES NICHOLSON, ESQUIRE

Charles Nicholson, Esquire (1808 - 1903) was Speaker of the Legislative Council and was knighted in 1852 and created a baronet in 1859. He served as a Fellow of Senate from 1850 to 1883, and was elected Vice-Provost by and from the Fellows 1851–1854 and Provost 1854–1862. Nicholson returned to live in England in 1862, but remained a Fellow of the Senate until 1883.

Charles Nicholson

Charles Nicholson, portrait by Artist H W Phillips, oil on canvas; Purchased by Subscribers 1850; University Art Collection, reproduced with the permission of the University of Sydney.

BARTHOLOMEW O’BRIEN, ESQUIRE

Dr Bartholomew O’Brien, Esquire was a practising doctor. He was a Fellow from 1850 to 1869.

THE HONOURABLE JOHN HUBERT PLUNKETT, ESQUIRE

The Hon John Hubert Plunkett, Esquire, QC (1802 - 1869) was Attorney General. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1869.

The Hon John Hubert Plunkett

The Hon John Hubert Plunkett, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, digital order number: gpo1_01382.

THE REVEREND WILLIAM PURVES

The Reverend William Purves (1811 - 1870) was a Presbyterian minister. He was a Fellow of Senate from 1850 to 1870.

HIS HONOUR ROGER THERRY, ESQUIRE

His Honour Roger Keating Patrick Therry, Esquire (1800 - 1874), later Sir Roger Therry, was a member of the Irish Bar and became a judge in Port Phillip. He served on Senate until 1859.

His Honour Roger Therry

His Honour Roger Therry, painting by Richard Read, 1838, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: 202517.

WILLIAM CHARLES WENTWORTH, ESQUIRE

William Charles Wentworth, Esquire (1790 - 1872) was an explorer, author, barrister, landowner and statesman. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1872.

William Charles Wentworth

William Charles Wentworth, photo, University of Sydney Archives.