The University of Sydney was formed as a result of expanding Sydney college. William Wentworth a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the then New South Wales Legislative Council, and Charlie Nicolson, a medical graduate from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, got together and proposed the plan to expand Sydney College to the University of Sydney. According to him, transforming the college to a university, will not only do good or the students but will also have an effect on the society, which will change it for the better. He said, “The child of every class, to become great and useful for the destiny of the country.” The plan was not initially accepted by all, but after two attempts, it was finally adopted.
On 24th September 1850, the University of Sydney Act was passed and he assent was received on 1st October 1850. Sir Charles Firoz was the one who gave the assent. After two years the Schoolroom, Sydney Grammar School was inaugurated. John Woolley became the first principal. John Smith was the first professor of chemistry and experimental physics. On 27th of February, the university received the Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. With this charter, the degrees offered by this university got equal reputation as were received by the degrees offered by the United Kingdom Universities. In 1859, the University shifted to the Sydney suburb of Camperdown.
University of Sydney, became famous very quickly, and it deserved the fame it got. A significant figure from 1927 to 1958 said that University of Sydney was “ Sydney’s best known Academics” The University’s main campus has a wonderful structure and it is no surprise that it also got ranked 10th in the world’s most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph, and The Huffington Post. The main campus also has a lot of artifacts. It has plenty of statues and artworks and monuments, which makes it even more breathtaking. The University is home to some of the famous statues, such as the Gilgamesh Statue and the Confucius Statue. Some of the other architects of this university are, Walter Liberty Vernon, Burley Griffin, Leslie Wikinson. The University has a very artifact feel to it. It was designed by an architect and the founding dean. The design was a master plan and it was made on the basis of the master plan that was drawn by Walter Burley Griffin, which he drew for the campus, but went unused for some unknown reason.
The University also has a number of other campuses, spread across Sydney. They are
- Mallett Street Campus
- Cumberland Campus
- The Sydney Dental Hospital
- Rozelle Campus
- Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- Camden Campus
The university also takes care of training its students to the fullest extent. For this purpose, it has few other facilities for the training purpose. They are
- Sydney Medical School
- One Tree Island
- The IA Watson Grains Research Centre
- The Molonglo Observatory
- Taylors College
The college owns a library, and the best part is that the famous University of Sydney Library consists of 11 individual libraries, spread across its campuses. This makes it very convenient for all the students. The Fisher and Health Sciences Library also offers disability support services. Without doubt, the library happens to be the largest academic library in the whole of the southern Hemisphere. And the library is not just famous for being the largest; it is also famous for the books that are available there. It is home to two copies of a very famous book, the Gospel of Barnabas and the first edition of Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. These rare book collection, has pulled the university’s famous to a very high extent. The university also has a Centre for adults. It is called the Centre for Continuing Education. It was started 36 years after the establishment of the university, and is also the longest running continuing education program of Australia.