Lincoln College (University of Adelaide)

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Lincoln College
Lincoln College Logo.png
University University of Adelaide
Location North Adelaide
Motto Per Litteras ad Fidem (Latin)
Motto in English Through Learning to Faith
Established 1952
Named for Lincoln College, Oxford
Gender co-residential (s. 1973), prior all-male
Principal Linda Bastick
President Prajay Patel (2017)

Lincoln College is a Uniting Church in Australia residential college affiliated with the University of Adelaide. It was established by the Methodist Church of Australasia in 1952 and is named after Lincoln College, Oxford at which John Wesley was a fellow.

Lincoln College started as a men's college and admitted women in 1973. Currently, the college has 200 residents, with about 12% international students.


Motto and crest[edit]

Lincoln College Motto and Crest

In 1953, a year after the opening of the College, the Council adopted as the College motto one strongly recommended by the Master, the Rev. Frank Hambly. It was Per Litteras ad Fidem (through Learning to Faith).

The College Council invited college members to submit designs for a coat of arms. Several designs were submitted. The chosen design was devised by John Burchmore, later to become President of the College Club and drawn by Nicholas Feodoroff. With some modifications suggested by the College of Arms it was accepted and officially granted by the College.

The design of the coat-of-arms embodies, in heraldic terms, both the origins and the aims of the College. The shield is surmounted by a gold stag, taken from the Arms of Lincoln College, Oxford. It’s quarters comprise:

  • Left upper: The symbol of faith; a crimson cross on a silver background from the Arms of the Methodist Church in Australia.
  • Right upper: Three argent scallops on crimson, representing the Trinity and baptism, taken from John Wesley’s crest.
  • Left lower: Argent Southern Cross on azure as a symbol of Australia.
  • Right lower: An open book on argent and gold, representing learning and taken from the arms of the University of Adelaide

Buildings and grounds[edit]

Whitehead Building,
39 Brougham Place

Lincoln College prides itself on its long history and heritage. Located on Brougham Place in North Adelaide it comprises four state heritage-listed buildings, once the homes of prominent Australian pioneers. The campus also comprises three residential blocks; a chapel and music rooms.


Number 39 Brougham Place (also known as Whitehead) built in 1907 was the home of A. G. Rymill, and also subsequently his son, long serving Adelaide City Councillor, Sir Arthur Campbell Rymill who was Mayor (1950 – 1954). This grand villa of sandstone with a fish scale tiled tower is typical of the grand residence of the Edwardian period. It is representative of the grand residential style of Brougham Terrace. The Whitehead building has been the principal’s residence for the last 30 years.[1]

Federation House,
32 Brougham Place

Federation House[edit]

Nunber 32 Brougham Place is a mansion which is a former residence of Sir Richard Chaffey Baker who was a barrister, pastoralist and politician. Baker was the first South Australian born member of the colonial legislature, native born member of the legislative council, senator and the first President of the Australian Senate. He was knighted in 1895 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1900. Baker is regarded as one of the founding fathers of federation and was a member of the Federal Conventions of 1891 and 1897-1898. It remains a Heritage Listed Building of South Australia, of extreme historical value. In 2009 Federation was re-opened following extensive renovations. It currently houses 12 student rooms; common area; state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room with two function rooms. It also hosts the active residence of the Lincoln College Dean.

Abraham House,
Brougham Place

Abraham House[edit]

Formerly known as Annexe due to its communication to the Federation building, it underwent posthumous dedication to the late Samuel C E Abraham (Alumnus 1954-1958), a respected practitioner of Paediatrics both overseas and in Australia who champions such philanthropic projects as the Johor Baru Spastic Centre and the Sentul Project. It remains a Heritage Listed Building of South Australia. In 2009 Abraham House was re-opened following renovations, it now hosts 20 student rooms with reading rooms, a fully functional kitchen and common areas.

Admin Building,
45 Brougham Place

Administration building[edit]

Number 45 Brougham Place was the first building to be bought by the then Methodist Church in 1951 for £25,000. It is a grand residence, characteristic of the building styles of that part of North Adelaide. It was built in the late 1880s for wine and spirit merchant George Milne. Federation style houses are relatively rare in South Australia because, in the short period when they were popular, the central colony/state was less prosperous than its neighbours. They were different from those in the rest in Australia in having walls of stone instead of brick and strongly coloured rather than white paint on their woodwork.

The building has undergone a significant restoration to its external woodwork in January 2012. The veranda had been closed since 2008 due to OHS&W issues. Heritage architect Bill Kay has designed a new veranda that is as close as possible to the original. The new design however, includes modern safety features and stronger construction principles. The veranda was officially re-opened during Lincoln College’s Homecoming Weekend in April 2012 as part of the College's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Student life[edit]


Lincoln College competes against the other Adelaide undergraduate colleges in the Douglas Irving Cup (formerly known as the High Table Cup) competition. The different kinds of sports include swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, athletics, net ball, soccer, and debating. In 2010, Lincoln was third on the 'High Table Cup' competition.

Cultural events[edit]

The College Club has a range of 'cultural' events throughout the year organised by the Cultural Secretary. These include annual winery tours to surrounding wine regions such as the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, weekly pub nights and the annual 'Hen's and Buck's' pub crawl.

Social events[edit]

The social calendar at Lincoln consists of four main events throughout the year as well as O-Week and Re O-week. These weeks are full of social activities such as Casino Night and themed pub crawls. First semester includes Birthday Bash, celebrating Lincoln College's creation and the Lincoln College Open Show. The Open Show is an event where all other SAAUCC Colleges are invited to attend. It was entitled Trapdoor until 2005 when it was changed to a 'Battle of the Bands' format. Second semester includes Lincoln Ball and the end of year celebration, VD (Valedictory Dinner). Lincoln Ball is a formal event where only the residents of Lincoln College can attend. VD includes a catered dinner, end of the year awards, and a dance located in the college. Lincoln College also has smaller social events throughout the year including winery tours, planned dinners, trips to the horse races, cooking classes, and game nights.

International events[edit]

A sizeable amount of international residents call Lincoln College their home away from home. As such, their needs to be taken care of. International night is held yearly in May with a range of food prepared by the international students and the kitchen staff. The night is also spiced up with a performances by both international and local residents. In keeping with common Asian values, the night is also non-alcoholic.


Lincoln College has a weekly published newsletter called the "Ibex." The yearly magazine publication is called the "Stag."

The alumni association has a newsletter called the "Lincoln Line."


Period Details
1952 – 1972 Rev. William Frank Hambly
1973 – 1984 John W. Whitehead
1984 – 1994 Geoffrey Scott
1995 – 2004 Peter Gunn
2004 – 2007 Ken Webb
2007 – 2013 Rebecca Pannell
2013 – Present Linda Bastick

Notable alumni[edit]

Art and culture[edit]

Robert Hannaford (alumnus 1962-64)

A self-taught artist renowned for his portraits. He has succeeded in being finalist in the Archibald Prize every year since first entering it in 1991. Lincoln is very lucky to have the portraits of two of our past Masters painted by Robert, that of Rev Frank Hambly and of John Whitehead, hanging in our dining hall.


Basil Hetzel (alumnus 1956-57; Vale 2017)

Hatzel is one of the National Trust's Australian Living Treasures. A champion for the inclusion of iodine in diets in developed and developing countries, Hetzel's research has impacted the lives of many, the use of iodized salt improving the health of communities around the world.

Samuel C E Abraham (alumnus 1954-58; Vale 2007)

Graduating from Medicine at the University of Adelaide in the late 50s Sam returned to Malaysia to become a most respected practitioner of Paediatrics both overseas and in Australia. Making the decision to work in the public sector rather than in private health practices Abraham chose to positively impact the poorly resourced area of paediatrics in his home country of Malaysia. Going on to set up and champion such places as the Johor Baru Spastic Centre and the Sentul Project, Sam’s hard work and commitment did not go unnoticed, receiving awards in Malaysia, India, Australia, and beyond. In April 2009 Lincoln College renamed its newly refurbished Annexe building 'Abraham House'.

Richard Hin Yung (alumnus 1955-60; Vale 2007)

Notable achievements: won the coveted Command Appointment Plaque and the Meritorious Service Award from the Singapore Armed Forces; published author; Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Adelaide

Law and Politics[edit]

The Hon. Christopher Sumner AM (alumnus 1960-65)

The Hon. Christopher Sumner was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council for the Australian Labor Party in 1975. His contribution to the legal and political communities of South Australia, and his establishment and support of philanthropic endeavours of the College, underscore the community minded way of life reinforced at Lincoln. Among his achievements: Attorney-General for South Australia from 1982 to 1993; member of the Legislative Council of South Australia from 1975 to 1994.

Kingsley Newman AM (alumnus 1957-58)

Kingsley Newman was appointed the youngest ever special magistrate at 31. Six years later an appointment as a Senior Special Magistrate followed and was not long after appointed as District Court Judge. Throughout his long career Kingsley contributed to numerous boards and committees, as member and Chair, in the professional and not for profit sectors.

Lim Soo Hoon (alumna 1977-80)

Lim Soo Hoon has served the Singaporean community in the area of public service, leadership, career development and training, particularly acknowledging the inroads made as a woman in the public service in Singapore. Notable achievements: Singapore's first female Permanent Secretary, Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office; 2007 Singaporean Woman of the Year.

John Menadue (alumnus 1953-56)

Since graduating in Economics from the University of Adelaide in 1956 John has served his country as a public servant, diplomat, critical thinker, board director, advisor and public commentator. His service to Australia has been recognised by several awards, namely he was awarded an AO in 1985 for service to the public, and a Centenary Medal 'for service to Australian society through public service leadership' in 2003.

Peter Ong (alumnus 1982-83)

Peter Ong has served the Singaporean community in the area of public service, leadership and finance. Notable achievements: Second Permanent Secretary for Defence in 2001; became the Permanent Secretary in the Transport Ministry before becoming the Permanent Secretary of Trade and Industry in 2005; also appointed Second Permanent Secretary Finance; in 2009 became the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance in Singapore; currently Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority and a Director of TIF Ventures Pte.

Business & Economics[edit]

Geoff Harcourt

Geoff Harcourt is a former member of Lincoln Council (1970-1980), and long time lecturer in economics at the University of Adelaide; seminal economist, Professor of Economics at Cambridge University and respected global thinker.

Cheong Choong Kong (alumnus 1962-63)

Cheong Choong Kong has served the Singaporean and South East Asian community in the areas of governance, leadership and finance. Notable achievements: Distinguished Alumni, University of Adelaide; Past Managing Director, Singapore Airlines; Chairman, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation; current Chairman, OCBC Bank, Singapore.

Tim Harcourt (alumnus 1983-86)

Tim Harcourt is the Chief Economist with the Australian Trade Commission and the author of The Airport Economist. In 2012, he has been appointed advisor on International Engagement by the South Australian government looking to improve its international strategy.


  1. ^ Rymill House, 39 Brougham Place, North Adelaide, Adelaide Federation Heritage

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