Canberra University College

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Canberra University College was a tertiary education institution established in Canberra by the Australian government and the University of Melbourne in 1930.[1] At first it operated in the Telopea Park School premises after hours.[2] Most of the initial students were public servants and all were part-timers. After WWII funding for the College was increased significantly.[3]

The College operated until 1960 when it was incorporated into the Australian National University as the School of General Studies. Over the course of its operation it had two directors, Sir Robert Garran from 1930 to 1953 and Bertram Thomas Dickson from 1954 to 1960. It was staffed by many notable academics including economist Heinz Wolfgang Arndt, philosopher Kurt Baier, poet Leslie Allen, historian Manning Clark and botanist Lindsay Pryor.[4]


  1. ^ "The Canberra University College 1930-1955 : twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations, 14th-17th April, 1955" Canberra, Govt. Printer, 1955
  2. ^ Short History Of Telopea Park School
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Canberra University College Structure 1930-1960". Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.

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Coordinates: 35°16′41″S 149°07′25″E / 35.27797°S 149.12372°E / -35.27797; 149.12372