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Students in the early years

This webpage provides brief information about the beginnings / establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy, and photos of its early students and graduates.

View more information and photos about early women Pharmacy students.

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FACULTY OF PHARMACY 2000

Milestones

1883:  Rudiments of Pharmacology (described as Materia Medica) were first taught in the Medical School.
1897: The Pharmacy Act of 1897 required chemists to be better trained and to be examined by the Pharmacy Board of NSW, and provided for the University's entry into the field of pharmacy education.
1899: The "Materia Medica - Course for Pharmacy Students" was introduced in the Medical School, with unmatriculated students attending courses of lectures prescribed by the Pharmacy Board.
  Registration as a pharmacist required fulfilling one of a range of pathways. One involved (i) passing a preliminary examination before examiners appointed under the Act: (2) serving for not less than 3 years as an apprentice to a registered pharmacist; (3) attending a course of lectures and passing the exams in Chemistry, Practical Chemistry, Botany and finally Materia Medica, at the University of Sydney or some School or College of Pharmacy recognised by the Board; and (4) passing the final Pharmacy Board examination in Practical Chemistry.
  S N Lawrence and Frederick Gray were the first unmatriculated students to attend University lectures under the Pharmacy Board regulations.
1900:  The first main cohort of unmatriculated Pharmacy students comprised Walter Balls, George Campbell, Hedley Davey, James Fleming, Frederick Gray, Percival Horne, Robert Howard, Harold Jones, Lancelot Lang, Isaac Lee, Norman Martin, William Mayhew, Harcourt Price, William Reid, Edgar Schofield, John Stephens, Henry Waring, Grosvenor Williams, William Young and the first woman, Louisa Wilson.
1901: Isaac Lee  who practised as a pharmacist in Sydney; and Frederick Gray who became a long-standing member of the Pharmaceutical Society and the Pharmacy Board were two of the 1900 cohort who completed the University course, passed the Pharmacy Board exams and registered in 1901. 
1902: Louisa Wilson was the first academically trained woman to register as a pharmacist in NSW. She died during the flu epidemic in 1919.
  A number of others from the 1900 cohort registered as pharmacists in NSW between 1902 and 1908 following successful completion of the University course and the Pharmacy Board exams.
1918: The Department of Pharmacy was established within the Faculty of Medicine, with a Chair of Pharmacology and a Lecturer in Pharmacy. The "Materia Medica - Course for Pharmacy Students" became the Diploma in Pharmacy.
1924: There were 293 Pharmacy students, including 29 women, with enrolments increasing dramatically.
  The University's matriculation examination replaced the Board's preliminary as an entrance examination which improved the status of Pharmacy students at the University.
1933: The Department of Pharmacy was transferred to the Faculty of Science.
1949: Roland Thorp took up the Chair of Pharmacology and was Director of Pharmacy. He was responsible for the instruction of Pharmacy students, and for lectures for 4th year Medicine and Pharmacology which were given in a temporary 'fibro' theatre known as 'The Barn'.
1960: Training in Pharmacy was elevated to a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree course in the Faculty of Science, with Pharmacology as a major component, marking the beginning of Pharmacy degree programs in Australia. 135 male and 74 female students were enrolled in Year I.
1963: The first 61 students graduated Bachelor of Pharmacy.
1967: The Diploma in Pharmacy lapsed.
2000: Pharmacy became a separate faculty, the first in Australia.
2012: There were 952 women and 547 men enrolled in the Faculty of Pharmacy as at 31 March.

Gallery

In the 1880s
Thomas Storie Dixson


 

Rudiments of pharmacology were
first taught in 1883 in the newly-
founded Medical School. The discipline
was described as Materia Medica, and
its first lecturer was Thomas Storie
Dixson
, from 1883 to 1917,
photo, Illustrated Sydney News,
8 November 1890, National Library of Australia.


In the early 1900s
Pharmacy

Photo, Pharmacy Practice Foundation 2008 Annual Report.

A group of Pharmacy students in 1910

A group of Pharmacy students in 1910, photo G3_224_0171, University of Sydney Archives.

Loris Ingamells


Loris Ingamells, photo, The Sydney
Morning Herald,
2 December 1924,
National Library of Australia. He completed
the prescribed course of study at the
University and passed the final examination
of the Pharmacy Board of NSW in 1911 but,
being under age, was obliged to wait until
1913 for registration as a pharmacist. In 1924
he went into private practice; his first shop was
at Petersham, and he was vice-president and
president of the Pharmaceutical Society of NSW.


Private Harold Thomas Walter Haslam

Private Harold Thomas Walter Haslam, who was a Pharmacy student but had not completed the course when he enlisted for active service in 1914, and was killed in action in October 1917, photo, 'Hermes', June 1918.

The interior of E W Watts chemist shop in Epping c1911-1929

The interior of E W Watts chemist shop in Epping showing the `Dispensing Department' c1911-1929, photo, Mitchell Pictures. State Library of NSW, Digital order no. a417001.

Louisa Wilson

Louisa Wilson in her dispensary in 1919, image, Sunday Times, 13 April 1919, National Library of Australia.

Andersons Pharmacy in Warren, NSW

Three generations of pharmacists within the Anderson family studied Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and have provided health care services and support to the community of Warren. Frank Anderson completed his studies in 1921 and opened the pharmacy in 1929, Brian Anderson graduated Materia Medica in 1951 and Michael Anderon graduated Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1981, photo from 'FIAT Mist', June 2011.

In the 1930s
Materia Medica group in 1931

Materia Medica group in 1931, photo G3_224_1854, University of Sydney Archives.

David A Bryan in 1937

University of Sydney Pharmacy student David Bryan in Lillyman's pharmacy (interior), now Macarthur & Co, Dean Street, Albury, NSW, in 1937. He passed Materia Medica in 1938, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: bcp_00902.

A Pharmacy Commem Day float in 1938

A Pharmacy Commem Day float in 1938, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number: hood_18206.

Pharmacy group in a lecture hall, 1938

Pharmacy group in a lecture hall, 1938, photo by Sam Hood, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, , Digital order no: hood_09380.

Pharmacy group in 1938

Pharmacy group in 1938, photo by Sam Hood, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order no: hood_09379.

Man and woman pharmacists in Grace Bros pharmacy department in 1938

Man and woman pharmacists in Grace Bros pharmacy department in 1938, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, digital order number hood_09194.

Gray

Gray's Pharmacy at Paddington in the 1930s, photo, Mitchell Pictures. State Library of NSW, Digital order no. hood_07411.

In the 1940s
Materia Medica students in 1944

Materia Medica students in 1944, photo G3_224_1316, University of Sydney Archives.

Materia Medica students in 1947

Materia Medica students in 1947, photo G3_224_1856, University of Sydney Archives.

Two teenagers from Siam, who would become Pharmacy students

Two teenagers from Siam, Phraiti Lcorakwong and Chantanee Planchet, in 1948 - they would become Pharmacy students

In the 1950s
Professor Roland Thorp with student pharmacists in 1950

Professor Roland Thorp with student pharmacists Jean Gore and June Snape, photo from 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 11 August 1950, National Library of Australia.

In the 1960s
Pharmacy students in 1961

Materia medica students in 1961, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

Third year Pharmacy students and staff in 1963

Third year Bachelor of Pharmacy students and staff in 1963, Photo G3_224_1754, University of Sydney Archives - click on image to view names.

Today
The Faculty building

The Faculty building, photo, Faculty of Pharmacy website.

Inside the Faculty building in 2010

Inside the Faculty building in 2010, photo from 'FiatMist', Spring2010.

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