University anniversaries

The University of Sydney's Jubilee Celebrations, 1902

The University celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening to the public between 30 September and 3 October 1902.

The University's inauguration ceremony had been held in the Great Hall of the Sydney College building (now the Sydney Grammar School) on 11 September 1852, and lectures for teh first 24 students had begun the following day.

The Golden Jubilee program was organised by Professors Mungo MacCallum, Thomas Anderson Stuart and Tannatt Edgeworth David, and its focal point was the Reception of Delegates and Presentation of Addresses attended by representatives of universities in Australia, Europe and America.

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Jubilee program

Monday 29 September 1902: The Union Book of 1902" was published
                                                                  2.30pm: Performance by the University Dramatic Society in the Palace Theatre in Pitt Street, under the auspices of the University Union
  During the evening, Senator Sir Josiah Symon KC delivered an address entitled  "Universities, some characteristics and use", also under the auspices of the University Union
Tuesday 30 September 1902: 3.00pm: The official reception and presentation of addresses in the Great Hall
  In the evening a dinner for the visitors to the University was given by members of Convocation at Shadier's Rooms
Wednesday 1 October 1902: In the morning. Professor Mungo MacCallum gave an address on "University influence" in the Great Hall
  Shortly after 2 pm, there was a harbour excursion on the SS Kuring-gai for 400 guests  
  In the evening a Conversazione was held in the Great Hall
Thursday 2 October 1902: Excursions were organised to the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and National Park
  Professor Anderson Stuart delivered an address on "The History of the Medical School" in the Harveian Theatre, then one of six large teaching spaces on the upper floor of the Medical School
  3.00pm: The Undergraduates garden party was held in the Quadrangle by the Undergraduates' Association 
  In the evening, more than 800 guests attended the annual Sydney University Sports Union Ball at the Sydney Town Hall
Friday 3 October 1902: Professor Edgeworth David delivered a lecture entitled "University Science Teaching" before a large audience in the Great Hall
  Following the lecture, the visitors, the Chancellor and Fellows of the Senate, and Professors were entertained at luncheon by Dr P Sydney Jones, at the Australia Hotel
  In the afternoon, a garden party was held at the Observatory by Mr and Mrs H C Russell
  In the evening, the Undergraduates' Association gave a Smoke Concert in the Great Hall and a number of guests were being entertained by Miss Louisa Macdonald, the Principal, at the Women's College
Saturday 4 October 1902: In the afternoon, the celebrations were brought to a close with a regatta on Lane Cove River

Jubilee gallery

Jubilee

photo, The Sydney Gazette, 1 October 1902, Google News Archive

"The Union Book of 1902"

"The Union Book of 1902" was published on Monday 29 September 1902, photo of the book's cover, courtesy Cornell University Library.

The Reception of Delegates and Presentation of Addresses

The Reception of Delegates and Presentation of Addresses was held in the Great Hall at 3pm on Tuesday 30 September 1902, photo, The Sydney Mail, 8 October 1902, Google News Archive.

SS Kuring-gai

On Wednesday 1 October 1902 there was a harbour excursion on the SS Kuring-gai for 400 guests, photo, Ferries of Sydney website.

The Conversazione in the Great Hall

A Conversazione took place in the Great Hall on the evening of Wednesday 1 October 1902, photo, The Sydney Mail, 8 October 1902, Google News Archive.

The Undergraduates garden party

The Undergraduates' garden party was held on Thursday 2 October 1902, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

The Sydney University Sports Union Ball

The Sydney University Sports Union Ball took place in the Town Hall on Thursday 2 October 1902, image, 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 8 October 1902.

Arriving at the Observatory

Arriving at the Observatory for a garden party on Friday 3 October 1902, photo, The Sydney Mail, 8 October 1902, Google News Archive.

The Regatta

Celebrations were brought to a close with a regatta on Lane Cove River on Saturday 4 October 1902, image, 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 8 October 1902.