Students at the University of Sydney

The first 24 students

Robert Sealy

Robert Sealy was admitted to the University of Sydney among the students of the first year in 1852.


His early life

Robert Sealy was born in Cork, Ireland, spent several terms at Trinity College, Dublin, and came to the Colony of NSW in 1852.

His student days at the University of Sydney

He was admitted to the University of Sydney among the students of the first year in 1852, obtained a scholarship, and was considered among the best classical scholars in the University.

He did not remain at the University long enough to take a degree however.

His career

Sealy accepted an appointment in the Government service – a clerkship of Petty Sessions at Molong, subsequently exchanged for a clerkship in the Colonial Secretary's Office.

He was also at one time engaged in a school at Newtown.

In 1859 he distributed among his friends a small volume of miscellaneous pieces entitled title of 'Scraps' – mainly in verse. Nearly all are humourous. In some he ridicules the prominent absurdities of the time at which he wrote; and in a few others he expresses himself seriously.

His pieces appeared, from time to time, in different Sydney journals, under the signature of "Menippus", "Menippus" being a character in one of Lucian's Dialogues.

He died suddenly in 1862, aged 29.