St Paul’s College was founded in the 1850s, during the high-point of the Australian goldrush, a time of limitless hope, as the original college of Australia’s first university. It is unusually old, but ever-new.
St Paul’s students put their hands up to lead, serve and build. During 2000-14, three founded Sydney Genesis, five headed the University Union, five were Convocation Medallists and seven were Rhodes Scholars, chosen for their academic ability and practical vision.
The College buildings date from the 1850s. They are a particularly fine example of neo-gothic design, and are a constant reminder of generations of students who have lived within these walls and gone on to do high-minded, fruitful and brilliant things.
We have one foot firmly grounded in history, but we are also focused on the horizon ahead of us. In 2016 we'll be embarking on a new architecturally designed Paul's wing.
The best things done at Paul’s are based on teamwork, not just in sport but also in learning – in “Education of the Young by the Young”. Winning is the result of living and working together.
In April, with the registration of the plan of subdivision of the land which the College has agreed to sell to the University, we reached an exciting milestone in the staging and implementation of our Master Plan for expansion and enhancement of the existing College and the establishment of our new Graduate House.
The building for the Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology, on our immediate northern boundary, is now complete. A large, grey, shiny building in a small space, it transforms our view to the north, and reminds us at every glance of how completely we are part of the University. Like the Charles Perkins Centre and like our future Graduate House, its immediate neighbour to the east, it will draw together various disciplines and faculties, in this case from Medical Science to Engineering.
The Warden’s picture, right, shows the far side of the new building.
During 2014-18 the world marks the centenary of World War One. The war devastated and transformed St Paul’s College. In September 2014 the College marked the centenary of the death of Brian Pockley, a Pauline and one of the very first men to be killed in the war. We have also made a particular effort at the centenary this year of Anzac Day. Stories of all the twenty men from this College who died in the war can be found in this website, together with details of our role in the University’s commemoration activities.