Students at the University of Sydney

Early students and graduates

The first (men) students were admitted in 1851.

However it was not until 1881 that Senate unanimously decided to allow the admission of women, and the passing of the University Amendment Act in 1884 secured the legal rights of women at Sydney University. The first two women were admitted to the University in 1882 — View information and photos specifically about the early women students and graduates

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At the University

Milestones

1863:  It is thought that the first University sporting club formed was the football club.  
1874: The Sydney University Union (SUU) was established for debating.
1882: The first women were admitted to the University.
1884: A men’s common room at the rear of the Great Hall was provided for the Union.
1888: Commemoration Day festivities by students began when students gave an impromptu concert to the audience at a graduation ceremony.
1890: Sydney University Sports Union (SUSU) was formed for men students.
1912: The Holme Building for the Men's Union was occupied although not completed until 1916.
1929: The Students' Representative Council (SRC) was founded.
1972: The Sydney University (Men's) Union amalgamated with the Sydney University Women's Union to form the University of Sydney Union.
2003: SUSU amalgamated with Sydney University Women’s Sports Association to form Sydney Uni Sport.

Gallery

In the 1860s
1867

On 23 December 1867, the first annual boat race was held in Melbourne between the premier crews of the Sydney and Melbourne Universities, illustration, Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers, 27 December 1867, National Library of Australia. The race was won by Melbourne University.

In the 1870s
1871

The Football Club team in 1871, photo G3_224_0168, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1880s
1882

The Football Club team in 1882, photo G3_224_0260, University of Sydney Archives.

1887

Students in 1887, image, Australian Town and Country Journal, 28 May1897, National Library of Australia.

1889

A tennis group in 1889, photo G3_224_1260, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1890s
1890s

The rear of the Quadrangle, showing the Men's Common Room at the rear of the Great Hall in the 1890s, photo G3_224_0363, University of Sydney Archives.

1893

A picnic party given by Professor J T Wilson, Professor of Anatomy, in 1893, photo G3_224_0624_1, University of Sydney Archives.

1894

The Sydney crew in the 7th Inter-University Boat Race held on the Parramatta River on Saturday 29 April 1894, photo, The Sydney Mail, 5 May 1894, Google News Archive. The winners were Sydney.

1895

Watching the football match between University and Balmain on Saturday 8 June 1895 at the Agricultural Ground, image, Australian Town and Country Journal, 15 June 1895, National Library of Australia. The game ended in favour of the University by 16 points to nil.

1895

The Sydney University Football Team, holders of the Sydney Cricket Ground Cup, 1895, photo, Australian Town and Country Journal, 24 August 1895, National Library of Australia.

1896

Student and staff cricket teams in 1896, photo G3_224_0004, University of Sydney Archives.

1897

Opening run of the University of Sydney Bicycle Club, 1897, photo G3/224/1548, University of Sydney Archives

In the early 1900s
1900

The first Library Reading Room (now the Senate Room) in the Quadrangle in 1900, photo, University of Sydney Archives

1900

The Great Hall set for exams in 1900, photo G3_224_MF374_0184, University of Sydney Archives

1901

The Sydney University crew, winners of the 1901 Inter-University eight-oar boat race, photo, Australian Town and Country Journal, 22 June 1901, National Library of Australia.

1902

The 'Hermes' Committee 1902 - the undergraduates' magazine had begun in 1886, photo, 'Hermes" Jubilee issue 1902

1905

The First Grade Football Team in 1905, photo G3_224_1935, University of Sydney Archives.

1907

Sydney University First Grade Football Team met Glebe on the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 May 1907. The match, which was watched by 18,000 spectators, was won by Sydney, photo, Australian Town and Country Journal, 29 May 1907, National Library of Australia.

1908

The new Fisher Library Reading Room (now MacLaurin Hall) in 1908, photo G3_224_0224, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1910s
1910

A group of students on the steps of Macleay Museum in 1910, photo G3_224_0998, University of Sydney Archives.

1911

The cover of Hermes, June 1911, University of Sydney Archives.

1911

During the rugby union match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday 6 May 1911, where Sydney University defeated Eastern Suburbs 20 to 12, photo, Evening News, 8 May 1911, National Library of Australia.

1913

The Sydney University Men's Tennis team in 1913, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

1915

A Smoke concert held by the Sydney University Evening Students Association in 1915, photo G3_224_2706, University of Sydney Archives

1916

Elton Edward Rogers was one of the many Sydney University students, graduates and staff who enlisted in the AIF following the outbreak of WW1. An Arts I evening student, he was killed in action in France on 24 July 1916, aged 22, photo P09507.001 taken in 1915, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial website. Click here for more photos of students who were killed in WW1.

1916

The Men's Union building from Science Road in 1916, photo G3_224_MF374_0195, University of Sydney Archives.

1918

A Law student, Percy Valentine Storkey enlisted in the AIF in 1915. He was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Lieutenant on 7 April 1918 for "most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon attack" at Bois de Hangard, France, photo P02939.028 taken c1918, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial website.

1918

The Undergraduates' Association committee attempted the task of raising among the undergraduates a University Company, whose members might be trained & travel together to the seat of war. 180 joined after medical examination. The company went into camp on the University grounds on 23 September 1918, photo, University of Sydney Archives, then were removed to Liverpool for further training. However, after the signing of the armistice on 11 November 1918, they were disbanded.

1919

Characters from "The Wheelheaver" by Professor Read, performed by the University Dramatic Society on 29 and 30 October 1919: from left, Miller Spurdle (Ross Smith), Simon Kynastyon (W H Matheson) and Deborah Cary (Lelia Coppola), from Hermes, December 1919, University of Sydney Archives.

1919

The scene from "The Wheelheaver": the kitchen, home farm, Yeohampton, from Hermes, December 1919, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1920s
1920

Captain Allen, President of the Undergraduates Association, reads an address to the Prince of Wales during his visit to the University on 23 June 1920, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

1920

The Men's Union Building from Parramatta Road in 1920, photo G3_224_MF374_0103, University of Sydney Archives.

1923

The Sydney University Dramatic Society performing the comedy 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle' in May 1923, photo, The Sydney Mail, 18 May 1923, Google News Archive.

1926

Sydney University's debating team for the first debate against the Imperial team, representing the Universities of England, Scotland and Wales, on 29 April 1926. From left: F Louat (Leader), Noel McIntosh and A C Gain, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 April 1926, National Library of Australia. The debate on the proposition "That democracy is proving a failure" was won by the Englishmen.

1927

Examinations in the Great Hall in 1927, photo by Harold Cazneaux, University of Sydney Archives

1928

Three generations of Myer's family graduates in 1928, photo G3_224_0886, University of Sydney Archives

1928

A Newman Society hike in 1928, photo G3_224_1342, University of Sydney Archives

1929

Students in the Quadrangle listening to the recital on the carillon on Armistice Day Monday 11 November 1929, which followed a service in the Great Hall, photo, The Sydney Mail, Google News Archive.

1929

The Sydney University Rifle team was victorious against the Western Australia University team in the annual inter-university rifle match held on Anzac Range, Liverpool in late May 1929 It also broke the record with a score of 2122, photo, The Sydney Mail, 5 June 1929, Google News Archive. Back row, from left: E A Molesworth, G F Falkiner, C H Wood, J S Needham and M E Lawrence. Front row: W Bell, S C Williams (captain) and James Murray Gosper.

In the 1930s
1930

The first SRC President, James Murray Gosper in 1930, photo G3_224_0159, University of Sydney Archives.

1930

A group photo of the first SRC in 1930: A G Smith, F W Baylon, Evanne Wood, A D Edwards, Agnes Dunlop, F S Flynn, James Murray Gosper (President), R G Conley, A F Osborne, Barbara Peden, Ainslie Lennard and J V Connolly, photo G3_224_0160, University of Sydney Archives.

1930

G G Dangar won the broad jump at the University's Intercollegiate championships on 7 May 1930, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 1930, National Library of Australia.

1931

"Freshmen" (new men and women students) in the Union Hall when Lent term began on 16 March 1931, photo, Evening News, 16 March 1931, National Library of Australia.

1931

New students waiting to enrol on 16 March 1931, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 1931, National Library of Australia.

1932

The University of Sydney float which represented education and the marching party of students in the procession following the official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday 19 March 1932, photo, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order no: hood_02122.

1933

J F Boyce (Sydney), winner of the javelin-throwing contest at Sydney University Oval in May 1933, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 1933, National Library of Australia.

1934

Some of the students who attended the matriculation ceremony in the Great Hall on 10 April 1934, photo, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 1934, National Library of Australia.

1934

Sydney University defeated Queensland by 2 goals to 1 in the Inter-varsity hockey match on 14 August 1934. An incident which occurred during a Queensland attack is seen in the picture. When the Queensland forward fell, Sydney backmen lost little time in following-up their advantage, photo, The Advertiser, 15 August 1934, National Library of Australia.

1934

At a Rugby match between Adelaide and Sydney Universities in September 1934, photo, The Western Mail, 6 September 1934, National Library of Australia.

1934

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester and members of the Students' Representative Council on 23 November 1934, photo, Hood collection, State Library of New South Wales, HA 3544 ... more.

In the 1940s
1940

Student Voluntary Training Corps marching in 1940, photo G3_224_0931, University of Sydney Archives

1944

The SRC in 1944, photo G3_224_0001_1, University of Sydney Archives.

1949

The editorial staff of Honi Soit in 1949, photo G3_224_0024, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1950s
1950s

Students in the Reading Room of Fisher Library (now MacLaurin Hall) in the 1950s, photo, Library website

1954

Prince Phillip is presented to the President of the SRC during his visit to the University on 4 February 1954, photo, University of Sydney Archives ... more.

In the 1960s
1960

Crossing Parramatta Road from the University in 1960, before the footbridge was built, photo G3_224_2632, University of Sydney Archives.

1963

Students on Fisher Library roof in 1963, photo G3_224_0122, University of Sydney Archives

1965

In 1965, Sydney student Charles Perkins (BA 1966 Sydney) led a group of 30 students to travel through remote New South Wales on a 'freedom ride' to protest against discrimination against Aboriginal people in small town Australia, photo by Louise Higham from the 'Sydney University Museums News', June 2011

1969

On 1 May 1969 protesting students confronted a Sydney University Regiment guard of honour for Sir Roden Cutler VC who, as well as being Governor of NSW, was honorary colonel of the Sydney University Regiment. There was a brawl between those students who supported and those who opposed the prescence of the Regiment, photo G3_224_1013_8, University of Sydney Archives. The Governor was jostled, pushed, and hit by a tomato, and there was public outrage.

1969

Demonstrations during the visit of the Governor of NSW Sir Roden Cutler in 1969, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

1969

Demonstrations during the visit of the Governor of NSW Sir Roden Cutler in 1969, photo G3_224_1013_6, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 1970s
1970

Official welcome to students in Orientation Week in 1970, photo G3_224_0153_2, University of Sydney Archives

1971

A Vietnam moratorium demonstration on the front lawn in 1971, photo G3_224_0252, University of Sydney Archives.

1971

A dramatised reading from the Winnie the Pooh books in 1971. From left, Peter Simpson (Piglet), Professor Frederick May (Winnie the Pooh), John Roche (Eeyore), John Maze (Christopher Robin) and Professor Leonie Kramer (Narrator), photo G77_1_0116, University of Sydney Archives

1972

Orientation week in 1972, photo G3_224_1178_4_1972, University of Sydney Archives.

1973

Chancellor Sir Hermann Black speaking to students on front lawn during Orientation week in 1973, photo G77_1_2219, University of Sydney Archives.

1974

Hari Krishna devotees at Orientation week in 1974, photo G77_1_2206, University of Sydney Archives.

1974

Enrolling first year students in the Great Hall in 1974, photo G3_224_0583, University of Sydney Archives

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1974

Students in 1974, photo G3_224_0656_2, University of Sydney Archives

1975

Annual production of Medieval and Early Renaissance plays in 1975, photo G77_1_0132, University of Sydney Archives.

1976

A pop concert on the front lawn in 1976, photo G3_224_0816, University of Sydney Archives.

1977

Students demonstrating in 1977 against a lecture by controversial Professor Hans Eysenck who was an influential British psychologist, photo G3_224_2166_6, University of Sydney Archives.

1979

Two students in Elizabethan costume during Orientation week 1979, photo G77_1_2235_1, University of Sydney Archives

In the 1980s
1983

The traditional race in the Quadrangle in Orientation week 1983, photo G77_1_2369_1983, University of Sydney Archives.

1985

Students in the new Fisher Library using the then card catalogue in 1985, photo, Library website.

1988

Students in Manning in 1988, photo G77_1_0833, University of Sydney Archives

In the 1990s
1992

Orientation week in 1992, photo G77_1_2312_1992, University of Sydney Archives.

In the 2000s
2001

On 5 April 2001, thousands of students took to the streets in a national day of action called by the National Union of Students, demanding an end to corporate control of universities, a liveable income for all, an end to government funding cuts and the abolition of up-front fees. In Sydney students rallied at Victoria Park then marched into the city, photo, courtesy SRC.

2003

Demonstrators at the Senate meeting held on 7 July 2003 protested against raising HECS fees (a proposal of the Nelson Review of Higher Education), photo, courtesy of the SRC. They had to be removed by police, with the meeting being adjourned to the following morning.

2005

STOP VSU rally on the Front Lawn on 28 April 2005, photo, courtesy SRC. On 28 April 2005, University of Sydney students joined thousands of university students to march through Sydney to protest at the Federal Government's plans to introduce VSU (voluntary student unionism).

2006

Students held a rally before the Senate meeting on 14 August 2006 at which the Vice-Chancellor's proposal for funding to SUPRA and SRC, which the student Presidents supported, was to be considered, photo, courtesy of SUPRA.

In the 2010s
2011

OWeek, 2011, photo, courtesy, University of Sydney Union.

2011

During OWeek, 2011, photo, courtesy, University of Sydney Union.

2011

During OWeek, 2011, photo, courtesy, University of Sydney Union.

2011

During OWeek, 2011, photo, courtesy, University of Sydney Union.

Lis Bergmann, 2013