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A sketch of an engraving of the University's Great Hall.


Previous years of our annual publication
Our annual journal Record contains articles by our researchers and staff on aspects of the University's history

Issues of Record

Record 2017 (pdf, 2.1MB)

Articles include:

  • three essays by history honours students using primary sources from the Archives are featured
  • Dr Catherine Storey tells the history of the Blackburn Building which is now being demolished to make way for the new Faculty of Medicine and Health precinct
  • Dr Peter Hobbins gives a fascinating account of the RMS Aorangi quarantined in Auckland in February 1930
  • selected images from the recent donations of Dr Gordon Bradley Lowe and William Irving Phillips who both served in WWI
  • Ms Nyree Morrison recounts the discovery of woolly mammoth remains in France 1917.

Record 2016 (pdf, 5.7MB)

Articles include:

  • the story of the Sydney University Science Fiction Association building the Dalek that was featured on the 2015 edition is told by Dr Antony Howe
  • plans of the University Gardens drawn by David Curtis of the Botany Department in 1981 complement the stunning coloured plan of the University grounds drawn in 1957 on the front cover
  • Ms Karin Brennan gives an insight into the Youth Campaign Against Conscription (YCAC) from the Sydney Office records that were donated
  • Ms Elizabeth Gillroy gives an update on Beyond 1914, the University's online WWI biographical database
  • Ms Anne Picot reflects on her time working at the University Archives.

Record 2015 (pdf, 1.2MB)

Articles include:

  • Dr Peter Hobbins tells the story of the development of the anti-blackout suit at the University of Sydney, 1940–1945
  • Ms Rosemary Stack gives an overview of the Aboriginal Photographic Research project undertaken in the Archives
  • Ms Elizabeth Gillroy provides an update on Beyond 1914, the University's online WWI biographical database
  • anniversaries celebrated in this issue include the centenary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the 40th anniversary of the Seymour Centre.

Record 2014 (pdf, 4MB)

We relocated and refurbished the Archives over 2012 and 2013, which is why Record was not published. This issue has images of the relocation of the Archives and the dedication of our new GL Fischer search room.

Articles include:

  • the launch of the University's Beyond 1914 website which is an online biographical interactive database of the University's Book of Remembrance
  • Jan Brazier from the Macleay Museum highlights the photographic collections relating to World War I in the Macleay's holdings and of photography during the war
  • Professor Jennifer Clarke writes about the education of science to female students in the 1950s and 60s, using the personal archives of Emeritus Professor Harry Messel AC CBE.

Record 2011 (pdf, 2.3MB)

Explores the personal archive holdings of the Archives.

Articles include:

  • Anne Picot, Deputy University Archivist, on the nature and challenges of personal 'papers' in the world of email and web 2.0
  • Dr James Packer describing the context in which the "Anderson Research Archive" was established
  • Trish Oliver's personal reflections on her use of personal archives, in particular, the papers of the Hon. Alexander Oliver
  • Dr David Branagan provides an insight into some of the better known University personalities of a century ago
  • Nyree Morrison writes on Dr Leopold Dintenfass and his links with the US space shuttle program.

Record 2010 (pdf, 1.3MB)

Twenty years since the tertiary education amalgamations with the University of Sydney.

Articles include:

  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Sydney College of Advanced Education
  • Sydney Teachers College
  • the Conservatorium of Music
  • Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Jill Brown's "Ada's Story"
  • obituaries of Sir Bruce Williams and Gerald Fisher.

Record 2009 (pdf, 1.2MB)

Buildings and anniversaries.

Articles include:

  • Thomas Fisher by Dr Julia Horne
  • Walter Liberty Vernon by Noni Boyd
  • the new Law School Building by Sir Bruce Williams
  • a review article by Anne Picot of "Political Economy Now! The struggle for alternative economies at the University of Sydney" by Gavin Bulter, Evan Jones and Frank Stilwell.

Record 2007–08 (pdf, 842KB)

Authors include:

  • Dr Peter Chippendale
  • Roderic Campbell
  • Alison Ward.

This issue also includes contact details and information on the holdings of other University archives and collecting institutions.

Record 2006, revised 2015 (pdf, 792MB)

Authors include:

  • Professor Marjorie Jacobs AO
  • Dr Neil Radford
  • Roderic Campbell.

Record 2005 (pdf, 1.2MB)

Articles include:

  • Dr Peter Chippendale on the first matriculants of the University
  • Roderic Campbell on Professor Charles Badham and University bursaries.

Record 2004 (pdf, 2.5MB)

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the University of Sydney Archives.

Record 2002 (pdf, 1.3MB)

Articles include:

  • Michael Bannigan on the University and the Rhodes Scholarship
  • Lee Jobling on the first women graduates
  • Lee Jobling on John Anderson and Ruth Walker.

Record 2000 (pdf, 1.3MB)

Articles include:

  • Peter Chippendale continues his series on the early Chancellors with an article on Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether
  • Sir Bruce Williams, former Vice-Chancellor, comments on Edmund Barton and his membership of the University Senate
  • Gwenna Spratt reminiscences about her time as a student at Sydney Teachers College from 1937 to 1938.

Record 1997 (pdf, 1.6MB)

Authors include:

  • Dr Peter Chippendale
  • Keith Jones
  • Sir Bruce Williams.

Record 1995, No. 1 (pdf, 1.5MB)

Articles include:

  • Dr Peter Chippendale on the idea of the University in the Antipodes
  • Keith Jones on "The Sulman Letters"
  • Samantha Hughes writes about the Harold Cazneaux negatives.

Record 1992, No. 2 (pdf, 961KB)

Articles include:

  • Tim Robinson on digital records
  • Dr H. G. Holland on the recognition of people associated with the University of Sydney
  • Dr Ursula Bygott on the incumbents of the Office of Registrar within the University.

Record 1988, No. 1 (pdf, 712KB)

Articles include:

  • David Wood on university fundraising
  • Dr Margaret Dwyer on retention and disposal decisions for records created by academic departments.

For issues older than 1997 (that are not on this list), please see our archival guides, available by title and author (pdf, 18KB) or by subject (pdf, 18KB).

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