Students at the University of Sydney
The first 24 students
Charles L Allen
Charles L Allen was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in 1852 in the first cohort of students.
His early life
Charles L Allen's father was George Allen who was the first solicitor trained in Australia and founder of the oldest legal firm in Australia. Known from 1894 as Allen Allen & Hemsley, it is now part of international firm Allens Arthur Robinson. George Allen was also a founder of the Sydney Free Grammar School in 1825 and a trustee of its successor, the Sydney College.
Charles attended a school conducted by Dr William Woolls, a Church of England clergyman, schoolmaster and botanist.
His student days at the University of Sydney
One of the younger matriculants, Charles was 15 when he was admitted as a student at the new University of Sydney in the first cohort of students, but did not complete his studies.
Charles followed his father into the law and became a solicitor.