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The University of Sydney

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3086O

Scope and Contents

An album containing mounted prints, most measuring approximately 205 x 150 mm. The prints show buildings and rooms in various parts of the university. The photographs are captioned on the prints.

The University of Sydney was the first university to be founded in Australasia. It came into being from an Act in 1850 which provided for the Sydney College to become a university with a senate of 16 fellows and a statutory annual grant of £5,000. Three chairs were founded in 1851: Classics, Mathematics, and Chemistry and experimental Physics. The University was inaugurated in 1852 and in 1858 was empowered by Royal Charter to grant degrees in Art, Law and Medicine which would have parity with degrees from English universities. At intervals after 1852 various denominational colleges were founded: St Paul's (Church of England) in 1854, St. John's (Roman Catholic) in 1857, and St. Andrew's (Presbyterian) in 1867. The first women's college (non-sectarian) was established in 1892.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1900

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Photographer unknown.


1 album(s) (64 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There is considerable variation in the condition of the prints, some are very faded and dirt stained, while others are in good condition apart from fading in from the edges, from which all the prints suffer to a greater or lesser degree.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Australasia, fiche number 57-59.


This collection level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.



Includes index.


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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom