The Quadrangle

Stained glass windows

There are many beautiful stained glass windows in the Quadrangle, particularly in the Great Hall and the North, South and Nicholson Vestibules.

A selection of images appears below.


Images are courtesy of the University Secretariat unless otherwise indicated. Click on images for enlargement.


STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE GREAT HALL

The stained glass windows in the Great Hall are among the finest work of their kind in Australia. They had been made in England, shipped to Sydney and installed in the Great Hall by the time of the Hall's official opening on 18 July 1859.


— The Oxford window:
The western Oxford window depicts portraits of figures associated with the founding of colleges within the universities, holding a replica of his or her college, with the arms of the college reproduced beside the figure.

The Oxford (western) window

The Oxford window (above the dais), photo, copyright Milton Micallef.


— The Cambridge window:
The eastern Cambridge window depicts portraits of figures associated with the founding of colleges within the universities, holding a replica of his or her college, with the arms of the college reproduced beside the figure.

The Cambridge (eastern) window - top

The upper half of the Cambridge window

The Cambridge (eastern) window - lower

The lower half of the Cambridge window, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.

Lady Margaret

Lady Margaret holding Christ's College, Cambridge, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.

Lady Frances Sidney

Lady Frances Sidney holding Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.

Robert Wodelarke

Robert Wodelarke holding St Catharine's College, Cambridge, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII holding Trinity College, Cambridge, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.


— The Royal windows:
In the alcove beside the dais are the royal windows, consisting of a large central panel on the north wall, with smaller ones high up on the east and west walls. They contain portraits of the rulers of England, together with their consorts, from William the Conqueror to Victoria.

The Royal window

The main central Royal window (in the alcove beside the dais).

The Royal windows - detail

Detail of the central window, with Queen Victoria in the centre, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.


— The Anglo-Saxons window:
The smaller eleven windows along the side walls each present three portraits of men famous in literature, history, philosophy or science.

The Anglo-Saxons window is window I: Venerable Bede (673-735), Alcuinus (732-804) and Caedman (7th century).

The Anglo-Saxons window

The Anglo-Saxons window, photo, copyright David White.

Tudor rose

The Tudor rose from the Anglo-Saxon window, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.

Bede

The Venerable Bede, photo, copyright David White.

Image

From the Anglo-Saxon window, photo, copyright Milton Micallef.



— The Medieval writers window:
The Medieval writers window is Window III: Chaucer (1340-1400), Fortescue (1394-1476) and James I of Scotland (1394-1437).

The Medieval writers window

The Medieval Writers window, photo, copyright David White.


— The Tudor writers window:
The Tudor writers window is Window IV: Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Earl of Surrey (1518-1547) and Spenser (1552-1599).

The Tudor writers window

The Tudor writers window, photo, copyright David White.


THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE NORTH VESTIBULE, EAST RANGE

The North Vestibule stained glass windows show the University's coat of arms, the coats of arms of contemporary British universities, foundation Fellows of Senate and university benefactors.

These were:

  • top row from left: London, Dublin, Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities
  • second row from left: St Andrews, Glasgow, Sydney, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities
  • third row from left: E Deas Thomson, E W T Hamilton, Royal arms, C Nicholson and D Cooper (Fellows and benefactors)
  • bottom row from left: J H Challis, W C Wentworth, J D Maclean (donor of window), T Barker and S K Salting (Fellows and benefactors)
North window

The North Vestibule windows in the East range.

University of Sydney arms

The coat of arms of the University of Sydney, photo, University Archives.

The coat of arms of William Charles Wentworth

Coat of arms of William Charles Wentworth

The arms of D Cooper

The arms of D Cooper.

The arms of T Barker

The arms of T Barker.


THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE SOUTH VESTIBULE, EAST RANGE

The South Vestibule stained glass windows show the University's coat of arms, coats of arms of Governors Bourke and Gipps as well as early benefactors and Fellows of Senate.

These were:

  • top row from left: Richard Bourke, George Gipps, Queen Victoria, C A Fitzroy and Alfred Denison.
  • second row from left: Robert Allwood, John Bede Polding, University of Sydney, J B Darvall and S A Donaldson.
  • third row from left: H G Douglass, J H Plunkett, Colony of NSW, W Purves and J Dobie
  • bottom row from left: F L S Merewether, B O'Brien, Moses Joseph (donor of the window), J Woolley and W M Manning.
South window

The South Vestibule windows in the East range.

Royal coat of arms

The Royal coat of arms.

Coat of arms of W M Manning

The coat of arms of W M Manning.

Coat of arms of Moses Joseph (donor of the window)

The coat of arms of Moses Joseph (donor of the window).

Coat of arms of J Dobie

The coat of arms of J Dobie.


THE STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN THE ORIENTAL STUDIES ROOM LOBBY

The Oriental Studies Room, lobby and office formerly comprised the Nicholson Museum of Antiquities, in which Sir Charles Nicholson's valuable collection of antiquities were housed and which formed the basis of a museum, now located under MacLaurin Hall.

Nicholson window

The stained glass window in the Oriental Studies lobby which depicts the Arms of Sir Charles Nicholson.

Nicholson arms

Detail of the Sir Charles Nicholson Arms.


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THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE NICHOLSON VESTIBULE

There are three stained glass windows in the Nicholson Vestibule on the staircase leading up to the Professorial Board Room, which were erected in 1920: the St Nicholas window, the MacLaurin window and the St George window.


— The St Nicholas window:
This window was a memorial to the navy in World War I.

The top of the St Nicholas window

The top part of the St Nicholas window.

St Nicholas window

The St Nicholas window, photo, copyright David White.

Captain Cook

Captain Cook 1769-70, photo, copyright David White.

HMAS Sydney

HMAS Sydney, photo, copyright David White.

Convoy

A convoy 1915, photo, copyright David White.


— The MacLaurin window:
This window was a memorial to Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin.

The MacLaurin window

The upper part of the MacLaurin window.

The MacLaurin window

The central window with former Chancellor Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin in the centre, photo, copyright David White.

Arms of Edinburgh University and the Royal arms

The arms of Edinburgh University and the Royal arms.

Element of Royal arms and arms of St Andrews

Elements of the Royal arms and the arms of St Andrews.

Arms of MacLaurin and the University of Sydney

The arms of MacLaurin and the University of Sydney, with a 19th century sailing ship in the background reminiscent of the one in which MacLaurin would have served as a surgeon before he settled in Sydney and the University of Sydney..

James VI (Scotland) I (England)
The Hon Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin
Alfred the Great

Above from left: James VI (Scotland) I (England); Sir Henry MacLaurin; and Alfred the Great, photos, copyright David White.



— The St George window:
This window was a memorial to the army in World War I.

The top part of the St George window

The top part of the St George window.

The St George window

The St George window, photo, copyright David White.

Gallipoli 1915

Gallipoli 1915, photo, copyright David White.

St George

St George, photo, copyright David White.

Villiers Breton Neux

Villiers Breton Neux, photo, copyright David White.


THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS IN THE PROFESSORIAL BOARD ROOM

The windows in the Professorial Board Room have matching stained glass, but with different colours and effects, at the top of each section of window.

A full window
Stained glass
Stained glass

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