Fellows of Senate

All Vice-Chancellors

Current Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Dr Michael Spence

Dr Michael Spence
BA LLB Sydney DPhil PGDipTheol Oxf
Vice-Chancellor and Principal: 2008 -

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Previous Vice-Chancellors

(a) elected by and from Senate, to 1924:


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Sir Charles Nicholson

Sir Charles Nicholson Bt (1808 - 1903)
Image, University of Sydney Archives
MD Edin HonDCL Oxf HonLLD Camb
Fellow of Senate: 1850 - 1883
Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Provost): 1851 - 1853
Chancellor (Provost): 1854 - 1862

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The Hon Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether


The Hon Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether
(1811 – 1899)
Portrait 1878, unknown artist, oil on canvas, commissioned by public subscription, University Art Collection, reproduced with the permission of the University of Sydney
BA Camb
Fellow of Senate: 1850 - 1875
Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Provost): 1854 - 1862
Chancellor: 1862 - 1865

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The Hon Edward Deas-Thomson


The Hon Edward Deas-Thomson KCMG CB
(1800 – 1879)
Image, University of Sydney Archives.
Fellow of Senate: 1850 - 1879
Vice-Chancellor: 1863 - 1865
Chancellor: 1865 - 1878

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The Hon John Hubert Plunkett

The Hon John Hubert Plunkett (1802 - 1869)
Wood-engraving, the Illustrated Sydney News, 9 June 1869, NLA Newspapers
BA Dub
Fellow of Senate: 1850 - 1869
Vice-Chancellor: 1865 - 1869

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The Rev Canon Robert Allwood

The Rev Canon Robert Allwood (1803 - 1891)
Portrait by Montagu Scott, 1870s, courtesy of National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an22336687
BA Camb
Fellow of Senate: 1855 - 1886
Vice-Chancellor: 1869 - 1883

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Sir Justice William Charles Windeyer

The Hon Sir William Charles Windeyer (1834 - 1897)
Portrait by Freeman & Co., courtesy of National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an23530049
MA Sydney HonLLD Camb
Fellow of Senate: 1866 - 1897
Vice-Chancellor: 1883 - 1886
Chancellor: 1895 - 1896

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The Hon Sir Henry Normand  MacLaurin

The Hon Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin (1835 - 1914)
Image, University of Sydney Archives
MA LLD StAnd MD LLD Edin
Fellow of Senate: 1883 - 1914
Vice-Chancellor: 1887 - 1889, 1895 - 1896
Chancellor: 1896 - 1914

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The Hon Sir Arthur Renwick 

The Hon Sir Arthur Renwick (1837 - 1908)
Image, University of Sydney Archives
BA Sydney MD Edin
Fellow of Senate: 1877 - 1908
Vice-Chancellor: 1889 - 1891, 1900 - 1902, 1906 - 1908

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Henry Chamberlaine Russell 

Henry Chamberlain Russell CMG (1836 - 1907)
Image, University of Sydney Archives.
BA Sydney, FRS
Fellow of Senate: 1875 - 1907
Vice-Chancellor: 1891 - 1892

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His Honour Judge Alfred Paxton Backhouse

His Honour Judge Alfred Paxton Backhouse (1851 - 1939)
Image, University of Sydney Archives
MA Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1887 - 1939
Vice-Chancellor: 1892 - 1894, 1896 - 1899, 1911 - 1914

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The Hon Mr Justice Archibald Henry Simpson

The Hon Mr Justice Archibald Henry Simpson (1843 - 1918)
Photo, SMH 31 July 1917, NLA Newspapers
MA Camb
Fellow of Senate: 1897 - 1915
Vice-Chancellor: 1902 – 1904

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Sir Philip Sydney Jones

Sir Philip Sydney Jones (1836 - 1918)
Portrait by Percy Spence (1868-1933), oil on canvas, commissioned and presented by members of the Medical profession on the occasion of his knighthood 1905, University Art Collection, reproduced with the kind permission of the University of Sydney
MD Lond
Fellow of Senate: 1887 - 1918
Vice-Chancellor: 1904 - 1906

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The Hon Sir William Portus Cullen

The Hon Sir William Portus Cullen KCMG (1855 - 1935),
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
MA LLD Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1896 - 1934
Vice-Chancellor: 1909 - 1911
Chancellor: 1914 - 1934

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Frank Leverrier

Frank Leverrier KC (1863 - 1940)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives.
BA BSc Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1907 - 1939
Vice-Chancellor: 1914 - 1917, 1921 - 1923

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Cecil Purser

Cecil Purser (1862 - 1953)
Portrait by Jerrold Nathan (1899-1979), oil on canvas, University Art Collection, reproduced with the kind permission of Ms Felicity Brierley and the University of Sydney
BA MB ChM Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1909 - 1939
Vice-Chancellor: 1917 - 1919, 1923 - 1924

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The Hon Sir David Gilbert Ferguson

The Hon Sir David Gilbert Ferguson (1861 - 1941)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
BA Sydney
Fellow of Senate: 1913 - 1934
Vice-Chancellor: 1919 - 1921

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(b) appointed by Senate, from 1924:

 
Professor Sir Mungo William MacCallum
 

Professor Sir Mungo William MacCallum KCMG (1854 - 1942)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives.
MA Glas LLD Sydney HonDLitt Oxf
Vice-Chancellor: 1924 - 1928
Deputy Chancellor: 1928 - 1934
Chancellor: 1934 - 1936

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Sir Robert Strachan Wallace

Sir Robert Strachan Wallace (1882 - 1961)
Portrait by Falk Studios, c1933, courtesy of National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an23594730
BA Oxf MA LLD Aberd LLD
Vice-Chancellor: 1928 - 1947

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Emeritus Professor Sir Stephen Henry Roberts

Emeritus Professor Sir Stephen Henry Roberts CMG (1901 - 1971)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
MA LittD Melb DSc(Econ) Lond HonLLD Brist, Br Col & McG HonDCL Durh HonDLitt UNE 
Vice-Chancellor and Principal: 1947 -  1967
(the title was changed from Vice-Chancellor to Vice-Chancellor and Principal in 1955)

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Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams

Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams KBE (1919 - 2009)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives
BA Melb MA Adel MA(Econ) Manc HonDLitt Keele HonLLD Melb & Manc HonDEcon Qld HonDSc Aston HonDLitt Sydney, HonFIE Aust FASSA
Fellow of Senate: 1967 - 1981, 1994 - 1997
Vice-Chancellor and Principal:  1967 - 1981

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Professor John Manning Ward

Professor John Manning Ward AO (1919 - 1990)
Photo, University of Sydney Archives.
MA LLB DUniv Sydney HonDLitt Waseda, FAHA FASSA FRAHS
Fellow of Senate: 1974 - 1977, 1981 - 1990
Vice-Chancellor and Principal:  1981 - 1990

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Professor Donald McNicol

Professor Donald McNicol (1939 - )
Photo, University of Sydney Archives.
BA Adel PhD Camb
Vice-Chancellor and Principal:  1990 - 1996

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Professor Derek John Anderson

Professor Derek John Anderson (1935 - )
Photo, University of Sydney Archives.
BSc Nott PhD Wales, FLS
Vice-Chancellor and Principal: 1996

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Professor Gavin Brown

Professor Gavin Brown AO (1942 - 2010)
MA StAnd PhD Newcastle(UK) HonLLD StAnd & Dundee, FAA CorrFRSE
Vice-Chancellor and Principal: 1996 - 2008

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