Senate timeline 1849 to the present
- 4 September 1849: William Charles Wentworth presented a petition to the Legislative Council from a majority of the proprietors of the Sydney College praying for the adoption of a measure to convert the College into a University.
- 1 October 1850: The Act of Incorporation 1850 established the University of Sydney.
- 24 December 1850: 16 Fellows of Senate were by proclamation in the NSW Government Gazette.
- 3 February 1851: The first meeting of Senate, chaired by William Charles Wentworth, was held in the Chambers of the Speaker of the NSW Legislative Council.
- 3 March 1851: The first Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Provost), Sir Charles Nicholson, was elected.
- 17 March 1851: The first Chancellor (Provost), Edward William Terrick Hamilton, was elected and the first Secretary, Dr Richard Greenup, was appointed.
- 10 April 1851: Senate meetings were now held in the former Sydney College, now Sydney Grammar School, in College Street.
- 11 October 1852: The inauguration ceremony for the University of Sydney was held in the Hall of the former Sydney College.
- 1854: The Mace, the symbol of the authority of Senate, was acquired in the name and on behalf of Queen Victoria.
- 14 May 1857: The present Arms of the University were granted by the College of Heralds, London.
- 13 December 1857: The present Arms of the University were adopted by Senate.
- 1861: The titles of Provost and Vice-Provost were altered to Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor respectively, although there was no change to their respective offices.
- 12 October 1909: The former Library room in the Main Building was to be fitted for meetings of Senate (Building and Grounds Committee minutes).
- 6 February 1911: The first Senate meeting to be held in the Senate Room (formerly the Library).
- 12 December 1924: The amendment of the University and University Colleges Act 1900 (as amended) on the recommendation of Senate received Royal Assent, providing that the Vice-Chancellor as Chief Executive Officer was appointed by Senate; the earlier elected position of Vice-Chancellor became the Deputy Chancellor.
- 1924: Sir Mungo William MacCallum was the first Vice-Chancellor appointed and Cecil Purser was the first Deputy Chancellor elected under the new executive arrangements.
- 5 February 1951: A Special Senate meeting was held in celebration of the centenary of the first meeting of Senate on 3 February 1851.
- 1955: The title Vice-Chancellor was changed to Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
2000 - present:
- 5 May 2003: Senate approved the establishment of the position of Pro Chancellor.