Secretaries to Senate
In general, the role of Secretary to Senate has historically been part of the position of Registrar of the University of Sydney. However, in 2008, a separate position of Secretary to Senate was created and the position of Registrar, with its modified responsibilities, was incorporated into the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).
This website is a gallery of photos of the current Secretary to Senate and the previous Registrars, all of whose duties included being Secretary to Senate.
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Dr Richard Greenup
Dr Richard Greenup was Secretary to Senate and Registrar from 1851 to 1852.
Dr Richard Greenup, photo, State Library of Queensland, negative 161626.
William Louis Hutton
William Louis Hutton was Secretary and Registrar from 1852 to 1853.
Hugh Kennedy was Registrar and Secretary from 1853 to 1882.
Hugh Kennedy, photo, Mitchell Library of New South Wales, Digital order number: gpo1_12249.
Henry Ebenezer Barff CMG
Henry Ebenezer Barff was Registrar from 1882 to 1893, Registrar and Librarian from 1893 to 1914 and Warden and Registrar from 1914 to 1924.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professors and third year students in 1881. Front from left to right: Professor Theodore Gurney, Professor Archibald Liversidge, Vice-Chancellor Canon Robert Allwood, Professor Charles Badham and Professor John Smith. Behind: JF Elphingstone, AG Ralston, WUS King, McManamey, S Wright, JG Cribb, Mr Barff, PV McCulloch, AW McCarthy, FE Fletcher and HD McClelland, photo G3_224_0990, University of Sydney Archives.
Henry Ebenezer Barff, photo G3_224_0325 , University of Sydney Archives.
Henry Ebenezer Barff in 1889, image from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 14 September 1889, NLA Newspapers.
People associated with the University at Medlow Caves in 1895 inlcuding Registrar Mr Barff (second from the left at the rear), Miss Britten, Constance Elizabeth Harker, Georgina Harriott, Monsignor James O'Brien, Dr Emil Trechman, Minnie Roseby, Dr Julia Thomas, Mrs Trechman, photo G3_224_0624, University of Sydney Archives.
The 25th anniversary presentation in the Great Hall to Registrar Mr Barff in 1907, photo G3_224_1514, University of Sydney Archives.
An evening students dinner held in the Fisher refectory below the old Fisher Library in 1920. Mr S Bateman, Mr HE Barff, EH Booth, RB Emanuel, Professor E R Holme, J Laws, WJ Cleary and RC Mills, photo G3_224_0635, University of Sydney Archives.
A meeting of academic engineers, 1920: Barff, Sir William Cullen and Professor Hilton Mackay are centre, front row, photo G3_224_1995_1, University of Sydney Archives.
Henry Ebenezer Barff in 1922, photo from the Sydney Medical School Senior Yearbook 1922, Faculty of Medicine Online Museum.
The funeral procession for Henry Ebenezer Barff, who died on 2 May 1925, less than a year after he resigned his position as Warden and Registrar on account of continued ill-health, photo G3_224_0365, University of Sydney Archives.
Walter Albert Selle
Walter Albert Selle (1883-1968) was Registrar from 1924 to 1947.
Walter Selle (front row, centre) and the Sydney University Board of Directors in 1917. Selle was President, photo from 'Hermes', November 1917.
Registrar Walter Selle, photo G3_224_0585, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Walter Selle, photo G3_224_1680, University of Sydney Archives.
Walter Selle (centre) in 1951, the Right Honourable Herbert Vere Evatt (left) and Professor Stephen Wallace (right), photo G3_224_1408, University of Sydney Archives.
Walter Selle in 1927, photo from the Sydney Medical School Senior Yearbook 1927-28, Faculty of Medicine Online Museum.
Portrait of Walter Selle, undated but between 1947 and 1964, photo G77_1_256, University of Sydney Archives.
Walter Selle receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1960, photo G3_224_1576, University of Sydney Archives.
Geoffrey Dale was Registrar from 1947 to 1950.
Geoffrey Dale, photo G3_224_375, University Archives.
Wilson Harold Maze MBE
Wilson Harold Maze was Registrar 1950 to 1955 and Deputy Principal from 1955 to 1973.
Registrar Wilson Maze in 1950, photo, University Archives.
Registrar William Maze (left) as the Governor-General, Sir William McKell, is welcomed by the Chancellor Sir Charles Bickerton Blackburn, the Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Steven Wallace and the Deputy Chancellor The Hon Mr Justice Ernest David Roper. The occasion was the Centenary Oration on 28 August 1952 in the Great Hall by The Hon K W Street, Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of NSW, Sydney Morning Herald photo, copies held by the University of Sydney Archives.
Deputy Principal Wilson Maze in 1973, photo G3_224_1170, University of Sydney Archives.
Margaret Alison Telfer OBE
Margaret Alison Telfer was Registrar from 1955 to 1967.
Margaret Telfer with Hugh McCredie in 1967 at the farewell dinner for Miss Telfer by administraion staff, photo G3_224_0449_3, University of Sydney Archives.
Margaret Telfer who received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) on 30 April 1970, photo G3_224_1427, University Archives.
Hugh George McCredie
Hugh George McCredie was Registrar from 1967 to 1972 and Secretary from 1972 to 1974.
Hugh McCredie, photo G3_224_1921, University Archives.
Registrar Hugh McCredie (4th from the right) at the Senate meeting on 21 August 1967, the final meeting for retiring Vice-Chancellor Sir Stephen Roberts CMG. The Chancellor, Sir Charles McDonald, is seated in the centre, and Sir Stephen Roberts is on the right, photo, University Archives.
Ralph Burns Fisher
Ralph Burns Fisher was Registrar from 1972 to 1975.
Ralph Fisher in 1970, photo G3_224_2407, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Ralph Fisher in 1973, photo G3_224_1090, University of Sydney Archives.
Dr Knight and Ralph Fisher at the farewell to Mr Fisher on 7 September 1979, G3_224_1262_1, University of Sydney Archives.
At Ralph Fisher's farewell on 7 September 1979, from left: Catherine Anderson, Allan Gamble, Stuart Wilson, Walter Forbes, Ralph Fisher, Molly Burns, Roy Whitecross and L Tickle, photo G3_224_1262_2, University of Sydney Archives.
Jean Duncan Foley
Jean Duncan Foley was Registrar in 1975.
Registrar Jean Foley in 1975, photo G3_224_1371, University Archives.
Dr Kenneth Wilson Knight
Dr Kenneth Wilson Knight was Registrar from 1975 to 1977 and Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Registrar from 1977 to 1983.
Dr Ken Knight in his academic dress in 1970, photo G3_224_2409, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Dr Ken Knight in 1970, photo G3_224_1395, University Archives.
From left Registrar Dr Ken Knight, former Registrar Mr Hugh McCredie, Professor Sir Bruce Williams, Professor Michael Gleeson and Professor John Ward, 1980, photo G3_224_1617, University of Sydney Archives.
Keith Lynden Jennings
Keith Lynden Jennings was Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Registrar from 1983 to 1986, and Registrar and Deputy Principal from 1986 to 1993.
Keith Jennings in 1980, photo G3_224_2408, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Keith Jennings at the Staff Welfare Picnic in 1985, photo G77_1_0772, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Keith Jennings in the centre of the main table, with Vice-Chancellor Professor John Ward on the right, at a meeting in the 1980s, photo G77_1_0634, University of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Keith Jennings (left) at the Senate meeting on 4 December 1989, photo G77_1_929, University Archives.
From left Registrar Keith Jennings, Brother Anthony Duncan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Don McNicol and Professor John A Young at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between St John of God Hospitals and the University, 1992, photo G3_224_2102, Univerisity of Sydney Archives.
Registrar Keith Jennings speaking at his Farewell Dinner on 23 February 1993, photo G77_1_1037 , University of Sydney Archives.
Keith Jennings after conferral of the award of Doctor of the University in 1994, photo, University of Sydney Archives.
Burton Challice Moldrich
Challice Moldrich was Acting Registrar in 1993.
Challice Moldrich, photo, University Archives.
Susan Louise Chapman
Sue Chapman was Registrar and Head (Administrative Support Services) from 1993 to 1994 and Registrar and Deputy Principal (Administrative Support Services) from 1994 to 1997.
Fellow of Senate Professor John Young, Professor Ann Sefton (Deputy Chancellor 2004-), Sue Chapman and Professor Stephen Leeder (Fellow of Senate 1995-2002) at the opening of the Medical Education Unit in the Edward Ford Building, 1993, photo G77_1_836, University Archives.
Dr Wiliam Adams
Dr William Adams was Acting Registrar and Deputy Principal (Administrative Support Services) in 1997, Registrar between 1998 and 2008 and has been Secretary to Senate since 2008.
Registrar Dr William Adams (on left) at the Beijing Banquet, 3 September 2005, photo, courtesy University of Sydney.
Chair of the Academic Board, Professor Bruce Sutton, presented Dr Adams, retiring Registrar and Secretary to the Academic Board, with a farewell gift on the occasion of his final meeting of the Academic Board on 2 July 2008, photo, University Secretariat.
Welcome address by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence at the farewell to Registrar Dr Adams on 11 July 2008, photo, copyright Carmen Lee Spiers of Encapture Photography
Response by Registrar Dr Adams at his farewell, photo, copyright Carmen Lee Spiers of Encapture Photography
Emeritus Professor Ken Eltis, retiring Registrar Dr Adams, Chancellor her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence at Dr Adams' farewell, photo, copyright Carmen Lee Spiers of Encapture Photography.