University of Sydney Quadrangle

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The Quadrangle, the University of Sydney

The Quadrangle is a prominent sandstone building located within the University of Sydney Darlington Campus. Construction on the quadrangle began in 1854, it had four sides by 1926,[1] and was completed in the 1960s after several stages of development. It comprises the Great Hall, Faculty of Arts office and the Nicholson Museum. The main entrance is underneath the clock tower.

Robert Strachan Wallace, the university's vice chancellor from 1928 to 1947, upon taking up his position found the quadrangle to be "overgrown, and the grounds much worse repair". He embarked on a restoration program, for which he became known as the "building vice chancellor".[2]


The Quadrangle design is based on those of Oxford and Cambridge. It contains one of only two carillons in Australia, the other being the one on Aspen Island in Canberra.

There is a kangaroo on the clocktower (right hand side, facing towards the city) that is different from the other gargoyles built there. It contains the Great Hall, which holds an organ designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg.

The Jacaranda Tree[edit]

A jacaranda tree was planted in 1927 by Professor E. G. Waterhouse in preparation for a visit by the Duke and Duchess of York to the university in 1927. A number of trees planted earlier by Waterhouse had been cut down in 1938, possibly as a prank,[3] but the jacaranda tree that survived was too large for students to remove.[4] It has grown to more than 18 metres in diameter.[5]

A panoramic photograph of the Quadrangle
The Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney


  1. ^ "THE FINISHED QUADRANGLE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 17 April 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "University's "Building Vice-Chancellor"". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 December 1946. p. 2. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "News In Brief.". Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 12 July 1938. p. 1 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
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