Jane Franklin Hall

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Jane Franklin Hall
University of Tasmania
Jane Franklin Hall crest
Location 6 Elboden Street, South Hobart, Tasmania, 7000 Australia
Coordinates 42°53′41.8″S 147°18′59.1″E / 42.894944°S 147.316417°E / -42.894944; 147.316417Coordinates: 42°53′41.8″S 147°18′59.1″E / 42.894944°S 147.316417°E / -42.894944; 147.316417
Full name Jane Franklin Hall, residential college of the University of Tasmania
Motto Veritas Liberabit (Latin)
Motto in English "The truth shall set you free."
Established 1950
Named for Jane, Lady Franklin
Sister college Burgmann College, ANU
St. John's College, University of Manitoba
Principal Joanna Rosewell, MJ
Undergraduates 180
Postgraduates 10
Website jane.edu.au

Jane Franklin Hall in South Hobart, Tasmania, is a non-denominational residential college of the University of Tasmania. Familiarly referred to as "Jane", it was founded by the Tasmanian Council of Churches in 1950 as a residential college for women before becoming co-educational in 1973. Jane is a non-denominational Christian institution supported by chaplains of various Christian traditions and is the only college in the Oxbridge style attached to the university.[1]

Although there is no direct link between them, the college is named in honour of Jane, Lady Franklin, wife of the famous but ill-fated Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who from 1837 to 1843 was the sixth Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land. The college seeks to embrace Lady Jane as a patron and places a high value on education and the arts.


Jane Franklin Hall was founded by the Tasmanian Council of Churches in 1950 as a non-denominational Christian College, and the first college for female students of the University of Tasmania. The College takes its name from Jane, Lady Franklin. She was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic patron of the arts and education. Her husband was the famous but ill-fated arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who from 1837 to 1843 was the sixth Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). At a time when women were meant to stay in the domestic sphere Jane, Lady Franklin held lectures and evening parties with intellectual conversation. She invited and inspired local women, who she saw as 'living in seclusion', to acquire a love of reading and study. The College became co-educational in 1973.[2]


Period Details[2]
1950 – 1951 Miss T W Slayter, BA (Hons) (Qld)
1952 Miss M L O Horsfall, BA, DipEd (Syd), FRSA
1953 – 1954 Miss R H Morrison, BA
1955 Dr M A Thynne, MB, DPH (Lond), LRCP, MRCS
1956 – 1958 Miss M C Vines, BA (Syd)
1959 – 1962 Miss R A Fleming, BEc (Syd), DipEd (Leeds)
1963 – 1970 Miss F A Parsons, BA (Hons), DipEd, MA (Tas)
1971 – 1973 Mrs H Webster, BA (Syd)
1974 – 1979 Dr M H Franklin, MB BS (Syd)
1980 – 1983 Dr M Fearnley-Sander, PhD (UWA), MEd (Tas), MLitt (Melb)
1984 – 2002 Dr D C C Daintree, AM, KHS, BA (Hons) (UNE), MLitt (Cantab), PhD (Tas), CEdS (Lond)
2003 Mr S W Elliss, AIMM
2003 – 2007 Dr J T Bowers, BA(Hons) (Flin), PhD (UNSW), GAICD
2007 – 2014 Mr M Scanlan, BA (Tas)
2014 – 2016 Prof G M Harrison, BA, LLB (Hons), GradDipIntLaw, GCHigherEd (ANU), MICLA (Canb)
2016 – Ms J B Rosewell, BA (Hons), MJ (Tas), PostGradDipApplLing (TESOL) (Qld)


Jane Franklin Hall is situated in South Hobart, approximately 1.7 km from the central Sandy Bay campus of the University of Tasmania. Other university and local landmarks are nearby, including the Conservatorium of Music (1.7 km), Clinical School and Menzies Centre (2.5 km), School of Art (2.5 km) and Hobart city centre (1.7 km).

The college operates a shuttle bus to and from the Sandy Bay and various city campuses for residents during semester and the exam period at no extra cost.


The college campus consists of several buildings:

Aldridge - The first building off Elboden Street, Aldridge houses approximately 48 residents and the College Office

Michael Webber House - Situated ‘behind’ Aldridge, ‘Webber’ is a repurposed period house containing the Edwin Pitman Common Room and eight large bedrooms. Webber is most commonly occupied by returning residents.

Horton - The second building along the driveway, Horton house approximately 40 residents, the Horton Common Room, College laundry, weights room and the Jane Shop (a small, student-staffed shop open in the evening and selling coffee, beverages and snacks).

The main building of college contains Asten, Barrett, Vines and Fleming Wings:

Asten Wing - Asten is the home of the Kitchen and Dining Hall, Student Club Committee office and approximately 52 residents.

Barrett Wing - The oldest area of College, Barrett is named after Archdeacon Barrett, and was the original house purchased by the college. The high vaulted ceilings and seven larger rooms attract residents and are typically allocated by academic merit and community contribution. Barrett is home to the senior common room, art room, billiards room (including a full sized snooker table) and link room, containing a full sized grand piano.

Vines Wing - The college library and approximately 26 students are located in Vines, which is opposite the bus stop.

Fleming Wing - There are seven larger flats in Fleming, most with ensuite bathrooms. An additional surcharge is attracted by large rooms and ensuite rooms.

Other buildings[edit]

The Frances Parsons Building - The Frances Parsons Building hosts tutorials, play and band rehearsals, social functions and various other events. It is equipped with Wifi, a functions bar, and overlooks the Tennis Court and Sandy Bay, the Derwent River, and Wrest Point Casino.

The Lodge - The Lodge is a large, three story home used as a private residence by the principal. The bottom floor contains a separate, self-contained flat used by visiting fellows

Building Project - In 2012/13 a new construction joined the Aldridge and Horton buildings together to provide an additional 10 bedrooms and two new gender specific bathrooms.

The Grounds - The grounds include maintained lawns and gardens. Pre-dinner drinks are served on the main lawn after the Commencement Ceremony. Backyard cricket is regularly played on the main lawn during the cricket season.

Academic support[edit]

All residents have access to an in-house academic support programme which provides subject tutorials in addition to those regular to a university course. Access to study facilities is provided throughout the semester and during the period just prior to and throughout the university examination period the college enters swot vac. This quiet time requires residents to be particularly mindful of their noise levels so that all residents are able to study.

Student life[edit]

Upon entry to Jane, all residents become members of the Jane Franklin Hall Student Club. Residents can accept nomination to a position on the Student Club Committee and/or various sub-committees by election, and are then charged with representing students or organising activities.

Extra-curricular sports and activities[edit]

The following sports and activities are played between Jane Franklin Hall, Christ College and John Fisher College in an intercollege sports competition: Rugby, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Cricket, Netball, Australian Rules football, Soccer, Basketball and Debating.

As well as the intercollege sports, the College holds annual theatrical productions, student art exhibitions, music soirees and competitions, and philosophy and religion discussion groups.

Food and meals[edit]

Residents are provided three meals per day. During semester, breakfast is served from 7am to 9:30, lunch from 12 noon to 1:30pm and dinner from 6pm to 7pm. Residents are provided facilities at breakfast to prepare a packed cut-lunch to take to university. Each Monday evening and for special occasions, formal dinners are held, with a Latin grace, High Table and with all residents and staff wearing academic gowns. This is a tradition concurrent with other Oxbridge-style residential colleges. All meals are informed by a nutritionist and prepared by a fully qualified in-house catering staff.

Pastoral support[edit]

The pastoral support network at Jane is as follows:

On campus[edit]

  • Principal – oversees all aspects of pastoral support and management of residents’ welfare
  • Student Wellbeing Manager – oversees resident staff and assists the principal with the management of residents’ welfare
  • Senior Residents – a Senior Resident (SR) is a postgraduate or senior student available at all times that the Office is closed and is trained in various support skills including first aid, mental health, harassment and discrimination awareness, crisis management, conflict resolution and study skills. SRs manage the bar, shop and College library.

Off campus[edit]

  • Fellows – Fellows are members of the Jane community who are available to residents, particularly during College functions, and assist with mentoring and career guidance. There are approximately 40 Fellows representing most disciplines of the university.
  • Chaplains – several chaplains from various Christian faiths are available to residents for confidential support and counselling on an opt-in, opt-out basis.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • George Bailey – Test cricketer, captain of Australian T20 team and member of Australian ODI team
  • David Bushby – Liberal Senator and Chief Government Whip in the Senate
  • Enid Campbell – Legal scholar, first female law professor and law school dean in Australasia
  • Jonathon Duniam – Liberal Senator
  • Marilyn Lake – Australian historian
  • Tim McCormack – International human rights lawyer and legal scholar
  • Kate Warner – Governor of Tasmania and legal academic
Notable fellows and visiting fellows


  1. ^ Introducing Jane - Jane Franklin Hall
  2. ^ a b Alexander, Alison (2010). Jane Franklin Hall 1950-2010: The Story of a Residential College. 

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