Drummond and Smith College

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Drummond and Smith College
The Drummond and Smith Crest
University University of New England
Coordinates 30°29′59″S 151°38′30″E / 30.4998°S 151.6418°E / -30.4998; 151.6418Coordinates: 30°29′59″S 151°38′30″E / 30.4998°S 151.6418°E / -30.4998; 151.6418
Motto Per Concordiam Animi Robur
Motto in English Strength Trough Unity
Established 1997
Principal Dr Edwina Ridgway OAM
Undergraduates ca. 200
Postgraduates ca. 5
Website www.une.edu.au/drummond-smith/

Drummond and Smith College is one of the seven residential colleges within the University of New England (Australia).[1] Drummond and Smith College houses approximately 200 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students during the University trimesters.[2]


Drummond and Smith College, a combination of the original Drummond College and SH Smith House, has had a long association with education in Armidale. When the Armidale Teachers’ College (ATC) was established in 1928 there was a need to provide accommodation for the women students and this was met by using Girrahween a building opposite Central Park, which had originally been constructed as a private boarding school for girls. In 1930 the residence was renamed after the then Director of Education in New South Wales, Stephen Henry Smith. S H Smith House remained as a residence for ATC until 1972, then continued as a residence for Armidale College of Advanced Education students until amalgamation with the University in 1989. When Smith House became co-ed in 1974 it housed 233 students in a complex of buildings.[3]

During the period following amalgamation, the College Finance Officer was Ms Allison Rocks and the Head of Residence was Dr AW (Sandy) Scott. Drummond College was established as a College of the University in 1969 with 109 females and 44 males, with Dr Richard Bawden appointed as the first permanent head of the College in 1970. Drummond College operated throughout the 1970s until 1979 when the University withdrew it from student accommodation and used it primarily for conferences, also giving office space to the Financial Management Research Centre and The Regional Centre for Music and Drama.[3]

Drummond is named after the late Hon. David Henry Drummond, a prominent State and Federal parliamentarian, and for almost 14 years, NSW Minister for Education. D H Drummond played a vital role in the establishment of the University of New England in the mid to late 1930s and is often referred to as the Father of the University of New England. The College was restored and reopened as a fully operational college in 1990. During most of this period from 1990 to 1996 Mrs Wallis Lenehan was the Secretary and Mr Mike Knowling was appointed the Principal.[3]

Following a downturn in students requiring residential accommodation, the University decided in late 1996 to consolidate the residential colleges on the main campus and to generally reduce the number of beds in the residential system for 1997. One result of this decision was the amalgamation of Drummond College and S H Smith House to form the new entity Drummond and Smith College. This was located in the Drummond College buildings with Dr AW (Sandy) Scott as Principal.

Crest and Motto[edit]

The S H Smith House crest has been in place above the front foyer of Girrahween since it was built in 1889. Why John Bliss, the builder, used the St Andrews Cross on a curved raised surface set on scroll-like background is not known. However, the origin of the motto is: in 1992 Maurice Kelly, a retired UNE classics scholar was asked to write a Latin phrase to encapsulate the ideas of good living, health, and learning. Salubritati et litteris studemus literally meaning “health and letters are our concern”, was his response. By way of contrast, Drummond College had its crest and motto devised by students in 1970. The motto Cognoscimus quo vivamus literally means “learning to live”, the idea coming from Isabelle Davidson.[3]

The crest is based on a design by John Tilly. Briefly, the two Tudor roses of the Drummond College crest represent the two sexes in the college (it was a relatively new concept to have co-ed colleges in 1970); the red wavy lines are symbols from the Drummond family; and the book signifies learning and scholarship. Both the original College shields, carrying the crest and motto, were donated by final year students. They now hang in the College dining room.[3]

Student Support Team[edit]

Resident Fellows[edit]

The positions of Resident Fellows (RF) are annual appointments and involve two main responsibilities. Firstly, the Resident Fellow is allocated a floor, and is responsible for the well being of the members of that floor and the encouragement of a successful mix of academic, cultural, social and sporting involvement by the residents. Secondly, out of College Office hours the Resident Fellow is responsible for the security of the residents and the College premises, and to see that social activities do not disturb other students. The head of the Resident Fellows team is the Senior Resident Fellow, who holds a senior position across all aspects of College life.

Academic Mentors[edit]

Academic Mentors are appointed to assist in specialised academic areas. They are usually senior students of the College and are required to help students on a face-to-face basis usually via a weekly mentoring session. The Academic Mentors assist in identifying student learning needs, and with the Senior Academic Mentor, coordinate additional support where possible.

Drummond and Smith Residents' Association[edit]

The Drummond and Smith Residents' Association (DSRA) is the representative body for the students at Drummond and Smith College, as well as affiliated members.[4] The Drummond and Smith Residents' Association committee consists of 15 members, of which the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary for the executive. The DSRAC organises and facilitates various functions, sporting events, pub nights and fund raisers.


Drummond and Smith College participates in a number of sports organised for the residential colleges within the University of New England (Australia). Some sports the College gets involved in are athletics; touch football; soccer; waterpolo; netball; and tennis. The University's intercollegiate sporting competition is divided into a men's and women's sport. Men strive to win the annual President's Trophy (PT), while women aim to achieve the highest to win the Mary Bagnall trophy.

List of College Principals[5][edit]

  • 1997-1999 Dr A.W. (Sandy) Scott
  • 1999-2000 Ms Allison Rocks (acting)
  • 2000-current Dr Edwina Ridgway OAM

List of Senior Resident Fellows[5][edit]

  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999 Guy Ballard
  • 2000 Guy Ballard
  • 2001 Guy Ballard
  • 2002 Guy Ballard
  • 2003 Guy Ballard
  • 2004 Guy Ballard
  • 2005
  • 2006 Srdjan Mijajlovic
  • 2007 Srdjan Mijajlovic
  • 2008
  • 2009 Michael Cosgrove
  • 2010 Phil Garland
  • 2011 Vincent Blokker
  • 2012 Vincent Blokker
  • 2013 Vincent Blokker
  • 2014 Vincent Blokker

List of Drummond and Smith Residents' Association Committee Presidents[edit]

  • 1997 Michael Scarborough
  • 1998 Mussa Hijazi
  • 1999 Shannon Gray
  • 2000 Kirsty Bond
  • 2001 Brendan Tegg
  • 2002 Kelly Howitt
  • 2003 Steve Swinsburg
  • 2004 Steve Swinsburg
  • 2005 Daniel Passer
  • 2006 Daniel Passer
  • 2007 Natalie Johnson
  • 2008 Alexander Kary
  • 2009 Taj Dosanjh
  • 2010 Laros Gavara-Nanu
  • 2011 Mark George
  • 2012 Brodie Rumsby
  • 2013 Ben Ward
  • 2014 Jaimee Lindley


  1. ^ "Living @ UNE". University of New England (Australia). 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Drummond and Smith College". The National Education Directory of Australia. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "College History". Drummond and Smith College. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Drummond and Smith Residents' Association". Drummond and Smith College. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b For 1997 - 2005, see: Handbook, University of New England (Armidale, Australia), ISSN 0403-3414.

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