The Quadrangle

The East Range and Great Hall – wood-engravings

This webpage includes a selection of wood-engravings of the University's Quadrangle which were published in illustrated newspapers in the nineteenth century until they were replaced by photographs.

One such paper was the 'Illustrated Sydney News' which was a monthly illustrated newspaper for the colony of New South Wales in the 19th century. Until 1888, the illustrations were wood-engravings, each printed in black ink and each of which took one engraver about a week to complete. Another was the 'Australian Town and Country Journal' which was published between 1870 and 1900.

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Prints from wood engravings

— The Quadrangle in the 1870s
Thomas Gale

Thomas Gale's balloon ascent from Victoria Park on Saturday 14 January 1871, the print of a wood engraving from the 'Illustrated Sydney News', 21 January 1871, National Library of Australia.

The East range and Great Hall in 1873

The East range and Great Hall in 1873, print from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 4 October 1873, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70481357.

The Great Hall in 1873

The Great Hall, print from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 4 October 1873, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70481357.

The East range and Great Hall in 1876

The East range and Great Hall in 1876, print from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 1 July 1876, National Library of Australia.

The Great Hall in 1876

The Commemoration (graduation) Day held on 24 June 1876 in the Great Hall; a view of the interior of the Great Hall, with the official party including the Governor of New South Wales seated on the dais, image mp002480 of the print published in the 'Illustrated Australian News', 7 August 1876, courtesy, State Library of Victoria.

— The Quadrangle in the 1880s
The funeral of the late Rev Charles Badham, March 1884

The funeral of the late Rev Charles Badham, March 1884, print of a wood engraving from the 'Illustrated Sydney News', 15 March 1884, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64035335.

The East range and Great Hall in 1884

The East range and Great Hall in 1884, print from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 12 April 1884, National Library of Australia.

The East range and Great Hall in 1885

The East range and Great Hall in 1885, printfrom the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 16 May 1885, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71027691.