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The University of Sydney's Sesquicentenary celebrations, 1999 - 2002

The University of Sydney's Sesquicentenary celebrations lasted from 1999 to 2002 and included a series of major Sesquicentenary projects supporting research and teaching and a number of events that allowed its many communities to join in the celebrations.

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Sesquicentenary celebrations

6 September 1999:  7.00pm: The University's Sesquicentenary celebrations began with a Sesquicentenary Dinner at NSW Parliament House which commemorated the speech made in Parliament on 6 September 1849 by William Charles Wentworth, advocating a university for Sydney
1 October 2000:  Greetings were sent to some 136 Universities around the world, marking the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Bill through the Colonial Parliament that established the University of Sydney 
3 February 2001:  6.30pm: A Sesquicentenary Senate Dinner held in the Great Hall celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of Senate 
11 - 20 October 2002: A week of "Students and teaching", involving re-enactments and celebrations, marked the Sesquicentenary of the first students and lectures
11 October 2002:  4.00pm: A Sesquicentenary Ceremony in the Great Hall marked the Sesquicentenary of the inauguration of the University of Sydney
12 October 2002: 6.00pm: A Sesquicentenary Colloquium Dinner in MacLaurin Hall for students and staff, alumni and friends 
13 October 2002: 12 noon - 5 pm: The University's Sesquicentenary Celebration Day
                                                Other Sesquicentenary projects, events and activities

Sesquicentenary gallery

1999

After dinner address by The Hon James Spigelman QC

The Hon James Spigelman QC gave an after dinner address at the Sesquicentenary Dinner in the Strangers' Dining Room, NSW Parliament House on 6 September 1999 to mark the historic occasion on 6 September 1849 in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament when William Charles Wentworth moved for an enquiry into the establishment of a University, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

2001

All guests, 3 February 2001

Guests at the formal dinner held on 3 February 2001 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of Senate on 3 February 1851, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

2002

Official party, 11 October 2002

The official party after the formal ceremony on 11 October 2002 in the Great Hall to mark the sesquicentenary of the inauguration of the University of Sydney and of the commencement of Higher Education, photo, courtesy of ZOOM Productions.

Sesquicentenary Colloquium Dinner, 12 October 2002

The Sesquicentenary Colloquium Dinner in MacLaurin Hall, 12 October 2002, photo, Universityof Sydney Archives.

Sesquicentenary Celebration Day, 13 October 2002

The Sesqui birthday cake on Sesquicentenary Celebration Day, 13 October 2002