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.
Geografische en culturele context
The College operates within the boundaries of the University of Sydney.
Mandaat/bronnen van bevoegdheid
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.
Toegangen, gidsen en publicaties
The archival collection is catalogued using Archive Manager software, and is only accessible by the Archivist.
Open Wednesdays only 9.30am-3.30pm, by appointment.
Raadpleegvoorwaarden en -eisen
All access to the collection is by permission of the Vice Principal.
Identificatie van de beschrijving
Identificatiecode van de instelling
Toegepaste regels en/of conventies
Niveau van detaillering
Datering van aanmaak, herziening of verwijdering
Revised 19 April 2018
Education (Thematic area)
Genealogical (Thematic area)
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