Students at the University of Sydney

The first 24 students

Marshall Burdekin

Marshall Burdekin (1837–1886) was admitted in the first cohort of students in 1852, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.


His early life

His father, Thomas Burdekin, had arrived in Sydney in 1828 and established a branch of Burdekin and Hanley, ironmongers and general merchants of London. He had acquired “a vast amount” of real estate in Sydney and other parts of the colony.

Marshall Burdekin was born in Sydney and educated at William Timothy Cape’s school.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Burdekin was 15 when he was admitted in the first cohort of students in 1852.

He gained first class honours in Chemistry and Experimental Phyics 1854 and 1855, and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.

His career

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Burdekin pursued a legal and political career.

He was called to the Bar in New South Wales in 1859 and to the Bar of Queensland in 1861. He was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Liverpool Plains in 1863, but held the seat for little more than a month. From 1867 to 1869 he represented East Sydney, but most of his life thereafter was spent abroad.

He died in England on 10 November 1886.