The Women's College within the University of Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

The Women's College within the University of Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Women's College, Sydney University


  • Educational
  • University

Contact area





Street address

15 Carillion Avenue, Newtown




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9517 5016



Description area


The Women’s College opened with four students in March 1892, eleven years after the Senate of the University of Sydney had resolved to admit women on an equal basis to men.

Unlike many of their contemporaries overseas (including the women of Oxford and Cambridge) who were allowed to study but not granted degrees, Australian women would graduate with the same qualifications as men.

The College’s first home was a rented house in Glebe. It moved to its own building within the University grounds in May 1894. Designed by the architectural firm of Sulman and Power, the College’s first permanent home still forms the heart of the present building complex and is heritage listed.

The College now accommodates 250 women undergraduates and 30 postgraduates.

Geographical and cultural context

The College operates within the boundaries of the University of Sydney.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

The Archivist reports to the College Vice Principal. All access to the collection is by permission of the Vice Principal.

Records management and collecting policies

The history of The Women's College, its staff and students including their biographical details and careers.



The College Archives are located in the Vere Hole Resource Centre. They cover the full range of the College’s history, from its establishment in 1892 up to the present day. They also hold the personal papers of several of the College’s principals, including Louisa MacDonald (founding Principal) and Doreen Langley (Principal 1957-1974). The Archives reflect the life and work of the College, its residents, and its staff.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The archival collection is catalogued using Archive Manager software, and is only accessible by the Archivist.

Access area

Opening times

Open Wednesdays only 9.30am-3.30pm, by appointment.

Access conditions and requirements

All access to the collection is by permission of the Vice Principal.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 19 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

15 Carillion Avenue, Newtown
Sydney, New South Wales 2042