Key 2: The University Council 1853


The first Council as nominated and appointed by the Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe on 11th of April, 1853 was:

His Honor Redmond Barry Hon. William Lonsdale
Colin Campbell Lachlan MacKinnon
Norman Campbell The Bishop of Melbourne
Hugh Culling Eardley Childers Rev. Alexander Morison
James Croke Francis Murphy
Right Rev. James Alipius Goold Hon. James Frederick Palmer
Edward Grimes Robert Williams Pohlman
William Clarke Haines John Pearson Rowe
Rev. Irving Hetherington George William Rusden
Godfrey Howitt Hon. William Foster Stawell

[Source:Victorian Government Gazette, 1853, p.510]

Page from early Council minutes, with names of members
Page from early Council minutes, with names of members
[Source: University of Melbourne Archives, Accession No: 93/44]

In the extensive records pertaining to Council meetings and an ever-expanding number of committees and sub-committees can be found the framework which underlies and informs every aspect of the history of the University.

Council Meeting c1969
Council Meeting c1969
[Source: University of Melbourne Archives Catalogue, UMA-I-985]