University anniversaries

Sesquicentenary 1999-2002

Other Sesquicentenary projects, events and activities, 2000 - 2002

The University of Sydney Sesquicentenary celebrations commenced in 1999 and commemorated various important phases in the foundation of the University.

In addition to major University of Sydney sesquicentenary events held between 1999 and 2002, a range of events across the University community were supported by the Sesquicentenary. A selection is listed below.


The Vice-Chancellor's Sesquicentenary Distinguished Lecture Series, 2000-2002.

4 May 2000:
"Stones of learning: David Moore" - a publication in association with the David Moore Photographic Exhibition was produced.

September 2000:
Limited edition Sesquicentenary collectors’ pins, in conjunction with the Olympic Games, were made available.

3 and 4 September 2000:
"What makes a Champion?” - A forum conducted by the Centre for the Mind, with panel discussions including corporate leaders, Olympic gold medallists, acclaimed artists, Nobel Prize winners and many other extraordinary high-achieving individuals. The program was facilitated by Phillip Adams, Mazine McKew, George Negus, Peter Thompson and Margaret Throsby.

10 September 2000:
The Sydney Sardana Event 2000, a gift to The City of Sydney, was held at the University of Sydney in recognition of the University’s 150th anniversary. The event was attended Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch.

3 November 2000:
University of Sydney Year 2000 Olympians Reception: The Vice-Chancellor hosted a reception for all the University's Olympic athletes who competed at the Sydney Olympics.

9 December 2000:
Handel's Messiah presented by the Sydney University Graduate Choir - celebrating the Choir's 50th anniversary.


The Sesquicentenary New Academic Staff Appointments Scheme, 2001-2003

Sesquicentenary Research Funding to support postgraduate research students under the Postgraduate Research Support scheme, 2001-2011

7 February 2001:
Official Opening of the Eastern Avenue Auditorium Complex - by Guest of Honour, His Excellency Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia.

16 May 2001:
"Leading Lights Series - Celebrating the Faculty of Arts" - Guest Speakers included John Bell, Bill Peach, Kate Grenville, Jill Hickson, Hugh Mackay, Hsu Ming Teo and Anne Summers.

"Australia's First, The University of Sydney - Celebrating 150 years" - Book launch by Dr Anne Summers, 23 May 2001.

9 July 2001:
The Opening of the 8th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan - in the presence of HRH Prince El Hassain bin Talai, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

29 August 2001:
A Great Debate:"The next 150 Years will Outshine the last 150" - Justice Michael Kirby, Adam Spencer, Meredith Burgmann, and the University's student debating champions.

5-6 October 2001:
Sydney University Madrigal Society staged a student opera 'Dido and Aeneas' at the Great Hall, Sydney Grammar and Bathurst.

31 October 2001:
"Leading Lights Series" - Celebrating the Faculty of Science.

14 November 2001:
"The State and The People - Australian Federation and Nation Making 1870-1901" by John Manning Ward, edited by Deryck M Schreuder and Brian Fletcher - Book launch.

29 November 2001:
Graduate Gathering in Singapore: the University of Sydney and the Singapore Institute of Management.


16 April 2002:
Official Opening of the Darlington Centre - Guest of Honour, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW

27 April 2002:
Pharmacy Alumni cricket match and dinner: NSW v Victoria.

28 April 2002:
The history of the University’s property, Arthursleigh, at Marulan, by Ms Chrissy Fletcher - Book launch.

1 May 2002:
Sydney University Symphony Orchestra Concert. The Program included Beethoven Symphony No 1 and the Nielson Flute Concerto, with soloist Melanie Walters and conductor Colin Piper, in the Great Hall.

5 May 2002:
Performance in the Great Hall of St John Passion by J S Bach, marking the 50th Anniversary of the University of Sydney Graduate Chair.

6-18 May 2002:
Flesh Winnow: performance art works created by artist Barbara Campbell, in the Macleay Museum.

28 May 2002:
"Liberal Education and Useful Knowledge: a brief history of the University of Sydney 1850- 2000" by Sir Bruce Williams - Book launch by the Vice- Chancellor in The Great Hall.

29-30 May 2002:
Renaissance Players Runnymeade Pop Festival.

30 May 2002:
"The Writing on the Wall", a book explaining and illustrating Latin and other inscriptions on the buildings of the University of Sydney and its Colleges, compiled by the late Kevin Lee and Ann Rogerson - Book launch by the Chancellor in the Nicholson Museum.

12 June 2002:
Sydney University Symphony Orchestra Concert, the Great Hall.

13 - 16 June 2006:
150th anniversary celebrations of the Faculty of Medicine.

15 August 2002:
15th Todd Memorial Lecture given by Professor Kathleen Coleman - "Bonds of Danger: Communal Life in the Gladiatorial Barracks of Ancient Rome"

11 September 2002:
Sydney University Symphony Orchestra Concert, the Great Hall.

28 September 2002:
In Bradfield's Footsteps: Mr Ray Wedgewood, General Manager Technical Services, Roads and Traffic Authority, gave a talk on the achievement of Dr Bradfield in conjunction with the staging of the annual "paddle pop bridge" competititon held amongst Australian university civil engineering schools.

5-7 October 2002:
Orange Campus alumni reunion.

10 October 2002:
"Schools of Thought – a celebration of the Sesquicentenary’": a photographic portrait exhibition of teachers and student, past and present, by Lisa Giles - Opened by Guest of Honour, her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC Governor of NSW.

13 October 2002:
New entrance to the University from Victoria Park - the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Chancellor joined the Mayor of South Sydney Council in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the new heritage stairs linking Victoria Park and the University

17 October 2002:
Celebration of the Sesquicentenary of the Library and the accession of the 5 millionth volume - Early English Books Online - in MacLaurin Hall (which was home to the Fisher Library from 1909 to 1963) - Sesquicentenary edition of the University of Sydney Library Newsletter.

18 October 2002:
Sesquicentenary Annual Graduate Dinner in the MacLaurin Hall, hosted by the Standing Committee of Convocation and in the presence of Her Excellency the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir.

20 October 2002:
Alumni event in Boston, USA, hosted by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor featuring a presentation by Dr Bryan Gaensler and acknowledgement of the University of Sydney Rowing team at the Head of the Charles regatta.

26 October 2002:
150 Years of Science at the University of Sydney - A day-long seminar organised by the Australian Sciences Club. Speakers included Roy Macleod, Jim McCaughan, Claire Hooker, Matti Keentok and John Mack.

30 October 2002:
Sydney University Symphony Orchestra Concert, the Great Hall.

14-16 November 2002:
AUAC Conference: Annual meeting of the Australian University Alumni Council at the Eastern Avenue Complex and Cumberland Campus. The welcome reception was held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

5 December 2002:
Armstrong Memorial Lecture.