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Fitzwilliam Wentworth

Fitzwilliam Wentworth (1832–1915) was admitted in the first cohort of students in 1852.


His early years

Son of William Charles Wentworth, founder of the University, Fitzwilliam attended the classical school conducted by the Reverend Henry Cary.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Fitzwilliam Wentworth was 19 when he was admitted in the first cohort of students in 1852.

Fitzwilliam did not complete his degree in Sydney - in 1853 he left with his father for England, to enter the University of Cambridge.

A gold medal was presented to him before his departure, containing the following inscription in Latin: “the Principal, Vice-Principal and Fellows of the University, all concurring and present in the month of March in the year 1853, gave as a gift and sign of their goodwill and encouragement to work, a medal struck in gold to Fitzwilliam Wentworth, student of the youthful University of Sydney, outstanding for his interest in both sides of scholarship on his departure to Cambridge”.

Medal   Medal

From the 'Sydney University Museums News', October 2008.

His career

Fitzwilliam did not complete his degree in Cambridge.

He returned to Australia to take up the life of a pastoralist. Heir to the Wentworth estates, he lived in England and Australia.

He died in 1915.

His father was a founding Fellow of Senate

William Charles Wentworth was founder of the University of Sydney and one of the original 16 Fellows of Senate.

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