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ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE

St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney was officially opened on 22 July 1876.

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A brief history

St Andrew's College is a non-denominational independent institution of Protestant origins and is one of the incorporated residential colleges within the University of Sydney.

The St Andrew's College Incorporation Act received Royal Assent on 12 December 1867 and the College Council first met in 1870. This Act was only replaced by an updated Act, the St Andrew's College Act, as recently as 1998.

The foundation stone for the sandstone Scottish baronial building now known as the Main Building was laid in May 1874. While the buildings were being constructed, the first students were admitted to temporary accommodation at Cypress Hall, Newtown.

The College was officially opened on 22 July 1876.

The College accepted women undergraduates from 2002, and a new Carillon Avenue building was completed in 2007.

Today the College has a population of over 285 male and female undergraduates, resident Fellows and graduate residents.


Gallery

In the 1870s
Rev Adam Thomson

The Rev Adam Thomson became the first Principal of St Andrew's College in 1873. He developed a throat infection and died on 8 November 1874. The photo of Rev Thomson is from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 25 November 1899, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71336936.

The Rev John Kinross

Rev John Kinross was elected first Principal of St Andrew's College in February 1872, but withdrew when the legality of the election was challenged. In April 1875, after Rev Thomson died, he was again elected Principal, serving until his retirement in 1901. The photo of Rev Kinross is from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 25 November 1899, National Library of Australia.

1874

An artist's impression of St Andrew's College building in 1874, image from the 'Australian Town and Country Journal', 17 January 1874, National Library of Australia.

1876

This photo was probably taken shortly after the building was completed in 1876, from the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, digital order number a089467.

In the 1880s
1886

A student's room in St Andrew's College in 1886, photo G3_224_1741, University of Sydney Archives.

1887

St Andrew's College in 1887, photo from the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, digital order number a089466.

1888

Donald McKay Barnet, James Thomas (Tom) Thorburn and Robert Dick, who all became friends while at St Andrew's College, photo, Falk Studios, 1888, June Wallace papers, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Barnet (1869-1940) graduated BA in 1890, Thorburn (1860-1935) graduated BA in 1886 and Dick (1869-1943) graduated MB ChM in 1892. Both Barnet and Thorburn became Ministers of the Presbyterian Church of NSW.

In the 1890s
1893

Bennington Haille Paine entered St Andrew's College on matriculation, and graduated BA from the University of Sydney in 1893, photo, Windsor and Richmond Gazette, 21 December 1901, National Library of Australia. He became a solicitor ... more.

In the early 1900s
1902

St Andrew's College in 1902, photo from 'Hermes" Jubilee edition 1902, University of Sydney Archives.

1905

St Andrew's College Rugby Football Team in 1905, photo G3_224_1296, University of Sydney Archives.

1906

Staircase in the College in 1906, photo, The Australasian, National Library of Australia.

1906

The College in 1906, photo, The Australasian, National Library of Australia.

In the 1910s
1911

John Aloysius Fitz-Herbert was a student at St Andrew's from 1910, graduating BA with first-class honours and the University Medal both in Classics and in Mathematics in 1913. He was Professor of Classics at Adelaide University from 1928 to 1957, photo, The Catholic Press, 23 March 1911, National Library of Australia.

In the 1920s
1922

St Andrew's College Rowing Team, in an eight on the water, in 1922, photo G3_224_0885, University of Sydney Archives.

1922

A C Wallace, from St Andrew's College, the NSW Rhodes Scholar for 1922, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 11 November 1921, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15976450.

1923

St Andrew's College students in 1923, photo G3_224_0884, University of Sydney Archives.

1923

The St Andrew's College Team, runners up for Sydney University's 256 yards Intercollegiate Swimming Championship at Domain Baths on Saturday 17 November 1923, photo, The Sydney Mail, Google News Archive. From left: D Barnet, J Allen, J Broughton, J Street and L Malcolm. Wesley College won.

1925

Spectators at the Intercollegiate sports meeting on 14 October 1925, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 1925, National Library of Australia.

1925

The finish of the 100 yards championship at the Intercollegiate sports meeting on 14 October 1925, with O E Nothling from St Andrew's the winner on the right, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 1925, National Library of Australia. Nothling had also won this event the previous year.

1927

St Andrew's College in 1927, photo P183_1_0080 by Harold Cazneaux, University of Sydney Archives.

1927

St Andrew's College Building in 1927, photo P183_1_0034 by Harold Cazneaux, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1930s
1931

At the opening of the annual intercollegiate rugby union matches at Sydney University oval in 1931. J Simpson (St Andrew's) about to pass the ball out to the backs, after receiving from H V Barratt. St Paul's beat St Andrew's by 9 to 5, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 16 July 1931, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16793397.

1931

The finish of the Intercollegiate eights on 8 August 1931, with St Andrew's first, then St Paul's and St John's, photo, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 1931, National Library of Australia.

1933

On the rain-saturated oval at Sydney University on 26 July 1933, St Andrew's defeated St Paul's by 9 points to 3, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 27 July 1933, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28027459.

1933

The start of the 880 yards championship at the Intercollegiate Athletes at University oVal on 10 May 1933, with E Trevor Jones (St Andrew's), the winner, second from the right, photo, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1933, National Library of Australia.

1935

St Andrew's eight won the Intercollegiate championship at the University Boat Club's Regatta in April 1935, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 1935, National Library of Australia.

In the 1950s
1953

Above: Sydney decorator Marion Best used her formula of strong exciting colour contrasts for the 55 dormitory rooms which she decorated in the new dormitory block, designed by architect Emil Sodersten, at St Andrew's College, in 1953. Six different colour schemes were chosen by Mrs Best for the single bed dormitories. One of the rooms, pictured above, has one tan wall, two turquoise grey walls, a third wall entirely of built-in cupboards of natural coachwood to match the furniture, mustard and white duck for the divan cover, dark green and white tartan cushions, burnt orange big checks, and the armchair is in dark green leather, photo and information from 'The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 1953, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18372005.

1953

Above: Miss Judy MacMillan dancing along one of the corridors of the St Andrew's College with Mr Tony Lawson at the 'Formal' of St Andrew's College in July 1953. More than 400 guests who attended the dance crowded the tiny ballroom and spilled over into the hallways. Miss McMillan wore a bouffant gown of navy and white organza, photo from 'The Sunday Herald', 19 July 1953, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18519351.

1954

Diana Rowring, Peter Kiel and Pat Storey at the St Andrew's College informal dance given by the students on Friday 14 May 1954, which was attended by more than 600 students and their guests, photo, The Sun-Herald, 16 May 1954, National Library of Australia.

1954

Elsie Mann and Harry Chambers dancing in the ballroom at the College informal dance on 145 May 1954, photo, The Sun-Herald, 16 May 1954, National Library of Australia.

1954

Judy Smithers and Peter Lloyd Jones chatting over the balastrade at the College informal dance on 14 May 1954, photo, The Sun-Herald, 16 May 1954, National Library of Australia.

Today
today

St Andrew's Main Building and oval today, photo from sydneyarchitecture .

today

St Andrew's Main Building today, photo by J Bar.

2007

St Andrew's new Carillon Avenue building which was completed in 2007, photo from sydneyarchitecture .


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