Sydney: The Making of a Public University

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Melbourne University Publishing, 2012 - Universities and colleges - 356 pages
From its beginnings in 1850, the University of Sydney was created as an institution to suit the needs of New South Wales, not simply reflect England's ancient universities. A founding principle was that academic merit alone regardless of religious beliefs or social upbringing would be the test for admission. Sydney, the Making of a Public University explores the principle of public engagement and how it came into practice and was shaped by succeeding generations. From staff, students and curriculum, to sports, philanthropy, faiths and research, Julia Horne and Geoffrey Sherington probe the meaning of the first hundred and sixty years of Sydney University, one of the first public universities in the world. Richly illustrated, Sydney, the Making of a Public University tells the story of the University of Sydney and its distinctively Australian character.

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About the author (2012)

Julia Horne is University Historian at the University of Sydney. She has written extensively on the history of universities and the history of landscape and travel. She is the author of The Pursuit of Wonder (2005), Not an Ivory Tower (1997) and Jenolan Caves: When the Tourists Came (1994). Geoffrey Sherington is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. Author of numerous books on the history of education and the history of migration, for the past two decades he has studied aspects of the public university in Australia. Roderic Campbell is a poet and writer with interests in historical travel-writing, and a researcher in History at Sydney University. He has published a biography of former NSW State Governor, Gordon Samuels Looking Back: A university chancellor reflects, UNSW Archives (2005).

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