The jacarandah tree
A jacarandah tree was planted in the south-west corner of the Quadrangle as part of work prompted by the proposed visit of the Duke of York in 1927.
Information is from "University of Sydney Architecture", by Trevor Howells.
Images are courtesy of the University Secretariat unless otherwise indicated. Click on images below for enlargement.
The photo above is copyright, David White.
In 1927 the main quadrangle was levelled, the four lawns laid down to turf and the central pathways laid with flagstones. The work was carried out under the guidance of Professor E G Waterhouse who was also responsible for planting the jacaranda tree in the south-west corner of the quadrangle.
It appears that students pulled out the first few trees Professor Waterhouse planted until he planted one that was too large to be pulled out.
The jacarandah tree flowers from late October to early November.
Old University folklore, respected by generations of undergraduates, has it that if serious swotting for the final exams has not begun by the time the tree flowers, tears and failure await the tardy student.
Find out about the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) to the University in 1927.
Above from left: Photos 2 and 3 are copyright, David White.
Above from left: Photos 2 and 3 are courtesy, University of Sydney.