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 Reverend William Binnington Boyce
- Edward Broadhurst, Esquire
- John Bayley Darvall, Esquire
- The Right Reverend Charles Henry Davis
- The Honourable Deas-Thomson, Esquire
- Alfred Denison, Esquire
- Stuart Alexander Donaldson, Esquire
- Edward Hamilton, Esquire
- James Macarthur, Esquire
- Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether, Esquire
- Charles Nicholson, Esquire
- Bartholomew O’Brien, Esquire
- The Honourable John Hubert Plunkett, Esquire
- The Reverend William Purves
- His Honour Roger Therry, Esquire
- William Charles Wentworth, Esquire
THE GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT 24 December 1850
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Bartholomew O’Brien, Esquire was a practising doctor. He was a Fellow from 1850 to 1869.
The Hon John Hubert Plunkett, Esquire, QC (1802 - 1869) was Attorney General. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1869.
The Reverend William Purves (1811 - 1870) was a Presbyterian minister. He was a Fellow of Senate from 1850 to 1870.
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.
William Charles Wentworth, Esquire (1790 - 1872) was an explorer, author, barrister, landowner and statesman. He served on Senate from 1850 to 1872.