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William Cyprian Curtis

William Cyprian Curtis was admitted to the University of Sydney in the first cohort of students in 1852, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.


His early life

From a prominent Roman Catholic family, William Cyprian Curtis had been educated at St Mary’s School and later at Lyndhurst.

His student days at the University of Sydney

One of the older matriculants, William was 19 when he was admitted to the University of Sydney in the first cohort of students in 1852.

He gained First class honours in Chemistry and Experimental Phyics in 1853, and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.

His career

Following graduation from the University, Curtis entered the legal profession.

He served 3 years with solicitor Mr Randolph John Want of Pitt Sttreet, Sydney, and in 1860 was sworn in as an attorney, solicitor and proctor of the Supreme Court of NSW.

He died in Sydney in 1877, aged 44.