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Corporate entry The University of Sydney (1850 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales


The University of Sydney was the first University to be established in Australia, in 1850. With an enrolment of 30 students in 1852, the year the University of Sydney began teaching, the University has grown to have an enrolment of 36,976 students in 1999.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia

Published resources


  • Annable, Rosemary, Biographical Register: the Women's College within the University of Sydney (Sydney: Council of the Women's College, 1995). Details
  • Beaumont, Joan; Hole, W., Letters from Louisa: a woman's view of the 1890s, based on the letters of Louisa Macdonald, first principal of the Women's College, University of Sydney (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1996), 202 pp. Details
  • Bygott, Ursula; Cable, Kenneth John, Pioneer Women Graduates of the University of Sydney, 1881-1921 (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1985), 55 pp. Details
  • Connell, W. et al., Australia's First: a History of the University of Sydney, 1940-1990, vol. 2 of 2 (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1995). Details
  • Dallen, R. A., The University of Sydney (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1938). Details
  • David, T. W. E., University Science Teaching. in University of Sydney Record of Jubilee Celebrations (Sydney: W. Brooks & Co, 1903). Details
  • Horne, Julia and Sherington, Geoffrey, Sydney: the Making of a Public University (Melbourne: Miegunyah Press, 2012), 356 pp. Details
  • Poiner, G. and Burke, R., No Primrose Path: Women as Staff at the University of Sydney (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1988). Details
  • Turney, Clifford, Bygott, Ursula and Chippendale, Peter, Australia's First: a History of the University of Sydney (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1991). Details
  • University of Sydney, Record of the Jubilee Celebrations of the University of Sydney, September 30th 1902 (Sydney: William Brooks, 1903). Details
  • University of Sydney. School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 1930-1980 (Sydney: Commonwealth Department of Health and University of Sydney, 1980), 179 pp. Details
  • Williams, Roma, The Settlement: a History of the University of Sydney Settlment and the Settlement Neighbourhood Centre, 1891-1986 (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1988), 100 pp. Details

Conference Papers

  • Holland, Julian, 'Scientific Instruments for Sydney University in the 19th Century', in Recovering Science: Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Melbourne, October 1992 edited by Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste and Rosanne Clayton (Canberra: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995), pp. 83-86.. Details

Edited Books

  • Branagan, D. F. ed., Rocks, Fossils, Profs: Geological Sciences in the University of Sydney, 1866-1973 (Sydney: Science Press, 1973), 184 pp. Details
  • Millar, D. D. ed., The Messel Era: the Story of the School of Physics and its Science Foundation within the University of Sydney, Australia, 1952-1987 (Sydney: Pergamon, 1987), 157 pp. Details
  • Young, John Atherton, Sefton, Ann Jervie and Webb, Nina eds, Centenary Book of the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1984), 568 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'The Veterinary Schools in Australia. I. The Sydney University Veterinary School II. The Melbourne University Veterinary School', Australian Veterinary Journal, 1 (1925), 40-41; 75-47. Details
  • 'History of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney. The Foundation of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Agriculture', Australian Veterinary Journal, 11 (1935), 169-185. Details
  • 'Sir Ian Clunies Ross. A Tribute to his Work for the Sydney University Veterinary School and his Contribution to Veterinary Parasitology', Australian Veterinary Journal, 35 (1959), 379-381. Details
  • Carne, H. R., 'Veterinary Research, 1900-1950 at the Veterinary School, University of Sydney', Australian Veterinary Journal, 27 (1951), 258-261. Details
  • Craig, D. P., 'Physical Chemistry at the University of Sydney', Australian Journal of Science, 16 (1954), 138-139. Details
  • Gosper, M., 'Memories of early engineering days', Journal of The Institution of Engineers Australia, 57 (13) (1985), 22-25,27. Details
  • Macleod, Roy, 'The Boffins of Botany Bay: Radar at the University of Sydney, 1939-1945', Historical Records of Australian Science, 12 (4) (1999), 411-493. Details
  • Turtle, Alison M., 'The Collections of Historic Psychological Apparatus at the University of Sydney: a Teaching and Research Tool', Proceedings of the Australian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science, 12 (1980), 9-11. Details
  • Turtle, Alison M., 'The Psychology Museum at the University of Sydney', DCP Bulletin (of the Australian Psychological Society), 13 (1981), 32-37. Details
  • Turtle, Alison M., 'History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney; a Case Study in Non-innovation', Historical Records of Australian Science, 7 (1) (1987), 27-37. Details



  • MacLeod, Roy, ed., The "Boffins" of Botany Bay: Radar at the University of Sydney, 1939-1945 (1999) and MacLEOD, Roy M., ed., Science and the Pacific War: Science and Survival in the Pacific, 1939-1945 (2000)
    Gillmor, C. Stewart, Pacific Circle Bulletin, 6, (2000), 17-20. Details

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Anon, 'Biographical Memoir: Gavin Brown AO MA (StAnd) PhD (Newcastle, UK) HonLLD (StAnd & Dundee) FAA Corr FRSE FRSN 1942-2010', Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 144 (2011), 46-7. Details

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