City of Sydney Historical Association
2nd March, 2013 - History of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst
9th February, 2013 - Chinese New Year
12th January, 2013 - Tour of St Barnabas Church, Broadway
8th December, 2012 - Colonial Land Use and the Coxes of Mulgoa Valley
7th November, 2012 - Guided Tour of the Town Hall Vaults
3rd November, 2012 - 1954 Royal Tour
13th October, 2012 - Rise of Sydney's Department Stores
14th July, 2012 - Life & Times of Tommy Townshend
9th June, 2012 - "Reynolds" Cottages
19th May, 2012 - St Paul's College Tour
14th April, 2012 - Motorised Mayhem
10th March, 2012 - The Flying Fruit Fly Circus
4th February, 2012 - Quong Tart: High Tea and Scottish Ditties
14th January 2012: Dictionary of Sydney
10th December 2011: Admiral Arthur Philip - The Man
12th November 2011: Glebe Walk
8th October 2011: Bob Carr at the Annual General Meeting
3rd September 2011: History Week
13th August 2011: Tom Wentworth Wills –Visionary Sportsman
9th July 2011: Henry L'Estrange - Funambulist and Aeronaut
11th June 2011: Afro-American Servicemen in WWII
14th May 2011: Government House Tour
9th April 2011: Amazing Stories from Randwick
19th March 2011: The Ones that Got Away
12 Feb 2011: Chinese Market Gardens of Sydney
8 Jan 2011: St Andews College Tour
11 Dec 2010: Garden Palace Scandal
13 Nov 2010: Cumberland Digs
9 Oct 2010: Painting the Rocks
4 Sep 2010: Celebrate History Week
14 Aug 2010: Whaling, Wool and Wealth
10 Jul 2010: The Ones that Got Away
12 Jun 10: Percy Lindsay
8 May 10: Sydney Tramway Museum
10 Apr 10: Making of our nation
13 Mar 10: Reading photographs
13 Feb 2010: Macquarie Place
9 Jan 10: Sydney's Astronomical History
12 Dec 09: The colony
14 Nov 09: Women of The Rocks
10 Oct 09: History of Kent Brewery
5 Sep 09: Scandal, Crime & Corruption
15 Aug 09: Walk-Darling Harbour
11 Jul 09: Redfern Alexandria & Waterloo
06 Jun 09: Pubs & Publicans of Sydney
09 May 09 : C19th Sydney Firemen
18 Apr 09 : History of Darling Harbour
14 Mar 09: Bewitched!
Annual General Meeting 2009
Jan 2009 - Trade Hall
19th May, 2012 - St Paul's College Tour

 Em. Professor Alan Atkinson, Historian and Fellow of St

Paul’s College took COSHA members on a tour of this historic college.

St Paul’s College was founded in 1856 in connection with the Anglican church and is

the oldest university college in Australia. St Paul’s is home to nearly 200 men from

various cultural, social, geographic and religious backgrounds. The following is a brief extract from Alan’s extensive history of St Paul’s that will soon

be available on the internet. St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney

is Australia’s oldest university college. It is only a little older than St John’s, the Roman Catholic college at the same university, but it predates by a generation its other rivals at Sydney and at the University of Melbourne, while the bulk of Australian university colleges are foundations of the twentieth century. terms, with its own rare

complexities. St Paul’s survival since the 1850s is due to the fact that it was endowed at the beginning with a valuable site and expensive buildings. Thanks partly to these assets it has continued in the same home and with the same fundamental characteristics St Paul’s College itself was partly modelled, in both its buildings and its administrative structure, on an English foundation, At St Paul’s College the great object beyond (apart from the city of Sydney itself) was the adjoining University, reached across a small creek, or in flood-time via City Road.


According  to the original vision, the students were to venture out each morning for lectures and were to return for their midday meal and for college classes in the afternoon. However, that pattern was hard to maintain as the University grew and diversified, and as the College became increasingly unsure of its individual purpose. The founders had very large views. Buoyed by the wealth forthcoming from the Australian gold-rushes, they divided their building timetable into four substantial contracts. By 1859 the gold-rush boom was over and potential donors were suddenly cautious and sceptical. Thus vision remained half-complete.. Hence Blacket’s two-way view, looking to the University tower in one direction and to St Paul’s church in the other was not completed. He had envisaged a network of buildings in which the secular would be caught up in the sacred.


 But following World War One there was a fundamental rethinking of the purpose and layout of the University, and of the place of the Church in public life. New and contradictory demands entered into the mix of opinion as to how the College should develop the vision remained half-complete. As a custodian of secular learning, the University began to assert a more complete supremacy among its various constituent parts than it had done in pre-War days. A more coherent (or at least a more determined) vision of its intellectual life implied a similar vision of its buildings and grounds Early in 1946 Arthur Stephenson, senior partner of Stephenson and Turner, and the most distinguished Australian architect of his day, drew up plans for its completion. Stephenson was known world-wide as a designer of institutional buildings, especially hospitals. In appearance and personal style “the very model of double-breasted conservative”, he was nevertheless an ingenious moderniser. His buildings looked dynamic and yet were at ease with older neighbours.. Like Edmund Blacket, Stephenson attended to “the spirit of community life”, including its  dependence on good architecture


NOTE: The complete history of St Paul’s will soon be available on the internet on the College website.