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ST PAUL'S COLLEGE

The Anglican St Paul’s College within the University of Sydney is the oldest university college in Australia.

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A brief history

An Act to Incorporate St Paul's College as a College within the University of Sydney was assented to by the Governor-General on 1 December 1854, and the College came into existence by Governor's proclamation on 15 January 1856. The College was named after the nearby parish of St Paul’s, Redfern.

The foundation stone was laid on 25 January 1856, and the College was officially opened the following year.

The first students enrolled in February 1857 and moved into the new buildings, designed by architect Edmund Thomas Blacket, a year later. The first Warden was the Reverend Henry Judge Hose (1856 - 1862). The Hall was officially opened on 7 November 1859.

The College is on City Road, on the southern side of the University of Sydney's Camperdown campus. Today there are 197 men living at St Paul's from all faculties within the University.


Gallery

In the 1870s
St Pauls College in 1870

St Paul's College in 1870, with the Quadrangle to the left, photo G3_224_0513, University of Sydney Archives.

St Pauls College in 1870

St Paul's College in 1870, photo from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number a089477.

Lecture room, St Pauls College in 1870

The Lecture room at St Paul's College in 1870, photo attributed to Charles Pickering from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number a089475.

St Pauls College and the University between 1875 and 1885

St Paul's College and the University between 1875 and 1885, photo by John Paine from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number a089474.

In the 1880s
1885

Laying the foundation stone of the Warden's residence by the Governor Lord Carrington on Wednesday 30 December 1885, image, Illustrated Sydney News, 16 January 1886, National Library of Australia.

In the 1890s
1899

St Paul's College students in 1899, photo G3_224_0638_4, University of Sydney Archives.

In the early 1900s
1900

St Paul's College students in 1900, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

1902

St Paul's College in 1902, photo, 'Hermes" Jubilee edition 1902.

1903

On University Oval on Wednesday 17 June 1903, with St Paul's in the background, a penalty kick by the Combined Schools team in the annual football match against University, photo, The Australasian, 27 June 1903, National Library of Australia. Watched by a crowd of 1500, the University team won by 16 points to 10.

1906

Student's private room in the College in 1906, photo, The Australasian, National Library of Australia.

In the 1910s
1912

St Paul's College rowing team in 1912, photo G3_224_0867, University of Sydney Archives.

1919

The College in 1919, photo, The Australasian, 9 August 1919, National Library of Australia.

In the 1920s
1920

Artist's impression of the extensions proposed to St Paul's College in 1920 (finished on a reduced scale in 1939), image from the Sydney Morning Herald, 12 October 1920, National Library of Australia. Construction was not started for 20 years because of lack of funds and was finally finished on a reduced scale in 1939.

1925

The fencing display by members of the Ladies' Sword Club, at the St Paul's College fete in 1925, photo from the Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1925, NLA Newspapers. The fete was in aid of the sports ground appeal.

1927

St Paul's College team, winners of the Intercollegial eights at the Boat Clubs Regatta at Blackwattle Bay on 30 July 1927, photo from the Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 1927, National Library of Australia.

1929

St Paul's College rowing team in 1929. From left: E L Dixon (10-6) bow, D A Garnsey (10-11), J H Broadbent (12-1), D F Stewart (11-0), J Dixon-Lodge (11-7), R G Dibbs (12-2), J L Watt (12-3), M R Morey (12-0) stroke and T H Kitley (8-3) cox, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 1929, National Library of Australia.

1925

Hoop-la competition at the 1925 St Paul's College fete, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1925, National Library of Australia.

1929

St Paul's College team which won the University Intercollegiate rifle shooting match on 5 July 1929, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 July 1929, National Library of Australia. Standing from left: R C Smith, K B Armstrong, M E Lawrence, A F Albert, T G Vincent and E L Walker. Kneeling from left: A S Edwards, S C Williams (captain) and G B S Falkiner.

In the 1930s
1930

Robert Colin Smith, St Paul's College athlete, in 1930, photo, Arrow, 9 May 1930, National Library of Australia. He was the 1928 Australian Universities sprints champion and winner of intercollegiate 220 and 440 yard titles. See photos above and below. He was an Arts undergraduate from 1927 to 1932, but does not appear to have graduated.

1930

Abercrombie leading a dribbling rush in the Intercollegiate rugby union competition at University Oval in July 1930. St Paul's won the match against St John's College, photo from the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 1930, National Library of Australia.

1931

Members of St Paul's team firing at the Long Bay range on 10 July 1931 during the Intercollegiate shoot,, which was won by St Andrew's by one point, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 1931, National Library of Australia.

1931

R C Smith (left) being congratulated by D Crittenden on his win after their game in the undergraduate singles tennis match on 18 June 1931, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 1931, National Library of Australia.

1931

At the opening of the annual Intercolegiate rugby union matches at Sydney University Oval in July 1931, with J Simpson (St Andrew's) about to pass the ball out to the backs. St Paul's beat St Andrew's by 9 to 5, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 July 1931, National Library of Australia.

1932

The garden party given at St Paul's College on Monday 17 October 1932 by the Warden and Fellows of the College in honour of the Archbishops, Bishops, and clarical and lay representatives attending the General Synod. Owing to rain, the guests had to spend most time indoors, photo, The Sydney Mail, 19 October 1932, Google News Archive.

1932

R C Smith winning the 220 yards event at the Intercollegiate championship at University Oval on 11 May 1932, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 1932, National Library of Australia.

1933

The winning St Paul's team at the Intercollegiate rifle shooting in July 1933, from left: C L Stratham, R H Sheaffe, C Davis, F G Hole, R Rogers, F D Williams, R E S Charlton and C F Harrington, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 1933, National Library of Australia.

1933

St Paul's (in white shorts) defeated Wesley in a Rugby Union match on 2 August 1933, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 1933, National Library of Australia.

In the 1940s
1940

Sheaffe (St Paul's) winning the broad jump at the Intercollegiate championships on 8 May 1940, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1940, National Library of Australia.

1945

St Paul's College in 1945, photo by Sam Hood from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number hood_11114.

1945

St Paul's College in 1945, photo by Sam Hood from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number hood_11115.

1945

St Paul's College in 1945, photo by Sam Hood from Mitchell Pictures, the State Library of NSW, digital order number hood_11112.

In the 1950s
1952

Ann Stuckey, Denby Bowdler, Wanda Freestone and Jeremy Long, the leading players in the St Paul's College annual play "Death's Jest Book", performed in the quadrangle, in 1952, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 1952, National Library of Australia.

Today
Today

St Paul's College today, photo, University of Sydney.

7 April 2008

The annual academic dinner at St Paul's on 7 April 2008, with Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence as Guest of Honour, when 73 men were honoured for high academic achievement in 2008, photo from SAM, Winter 2009.

2009

Australian Canadian co-production 'Darwin’s Brave New World' being filmed at St Paul’s College in 2009, photo, 'University of Sydney News', March 2009.