Students at the University of Sydney

The first 24 students

John Kinloch

John Kinloch was admitted as student at the new University of Sydney in 1852 in the first cohort of students, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and Master of Arts in 1859.


His early years

Born in Dublin, John Kinloch was educated in the colony of NSW at the school of the Presbyterian minister, Reverend James Fullerton.

His student days at the University of Sydney

One of the older matriculants, John was 20 when he was admitted as student at the new University of Sydney in the first cohort of students.

He gained First class honours in Mathematics and in Chemistry and Experimental Phyics in 1853, and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and Master of Arts in 1859.

His career

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Kinloch became a tutor and schoolmaster. He was earning a living as a tutor preparing students for university matriculation. He was also a keen sportsman and played cricket for NSW.

He had a lifelong ambition to set up his own school and this he did in 1878. He had named his land the Hurlstone Estate after his mother who had died of influenza in 1849 when he was o­nly 16. He also named the school after her: the Hurlstone School and College. Four acres were set aside for a house, school, cricket and gymnastic grounds and 16 acres for recreation and a pony run.

However, within two years he was forced to sell the College as he couldn't attract enough students to make the school pay. To get his money back Kinloch planned to break the Estate up and sell it in residential blocks. The NSW Government bought up the whole area and Hurlstone School and College became Hurlstone Teacher Training College of Female Teachers for the next 24 years.