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Wesley College, University of Sydney

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Full name  Wesley College
Phone  +61 2 9565 3333
Master  Lisa J Sutherland
Established  1917
Total enrollment  230 (2010)
Wesley College, University of Sydney
Location  Western Avenue, University of Sydney NSW, 2006
Motto  Ministrate in Fide Vestra Virtutem (Latin)
Motto in English  Serve Virtue in Your Faith
Named for  John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church
Address  Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Notable alumni  Greg Urwin, Anna Donald, Reginald Ian Barrett
Similar  University of Sydney, University of Sydney Centre for, Wesley College, University College, Excelsia College

Wesley College is a Protestant co-residential college of 250 students within the University of Sydney. The College occupies a site on the main campus of the University of Sydney and was built on a sub-grant of Crown Land. Wesley is one of six on-campus colleges at the University of Sydney which provide accommodation. In 1923 the college averaged 45 students. Originally the College accommodated only men but when women were admitted in 1969 Wesley became the first of the colleges within the University of Sydney to become co-educational. Its current head is Lisa Sutherland, who has held the position since 2010.


The College Chapel owns a Latin version of the Bible dated to 1479, which may be the oldest bible in Australia.


The Edwardian Gothic main wing of Wesley dates from 1917 and was designed by the winner of a competition Byera Hadley (1872–1937), an English-born architect who had emigrated to Australia in 1887. Construction of the design was expected to cost £20,000. The brown face brick and sandstone building originally consisted of the central wing, dining room, chapel and Master's residence. It has a steep slate roof and is topped with a copper flèche. The interiors are detailed in a neo-Gothic style with polished timber staircases and wainscotting, leadlight windows and quatrefoil plaster ceilings. The Chapel was paid for by benefactor Frederick Cull.

In 1922 the building's original design by Hadley was completed with the opening of the Callaghan Wing. Alan Dwyer designed the Cecil Purser Wing in 1943 and in 1960 Brewster Murray added the Wylie Wing. Further extensions were added in 1965 when Fowell, Mansfield & Maclurcan increased the capacity of the Chapel and in 1969 when the same firm designed the Tutors Wing.

Rawson Cup

Every year, Wesley men compete for the Rawson Cup, which was presented to the Sydney University Sports Union in 1906 by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, and is the height of male intercollegiate sport. The cup is fought for throughout the year by men representing each of the University of Sydney Colleges accumulating points by competing in Cricket, Rowing, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball and Athletics. Wesley has won the Rawson Cup on 7 occasions.

Rosebowl Cup

The female sporting trophy, the Rosebowl Cup, has been won by Wesley on more occasions than any other college.

Social calendar

Students are also in charge of organising their own social calendar throughout the year, including sponsor bars, formal dinners, victory dinners, racing days, as well as the annual Informal (for 1200 people with live bands and DJs) and the annual Black Ball.


  • 1916 (acting) Rev W Woolls Rutledge
  • 1916–1923 Rev Michael Scott Fletcher
  • 1923–1942 Rev Leslie Bennett
  • 1942–1964 Rev Bertram Wyllie
  • 1965–1976 Rev Norman Webb
  • 1977–1983 Rev James Udy
  • 1984–1996 Rev John Whitehead
  • 1997–2001 Rev John Evans
  • 2002–2009 Rev David Russell
  • 2010–Current Lisa Sutherland
  • Notable alumni

  • Nick Phibbs, Wallabies & NSW Waratahs rugby player
  • Robyn Alders, veterinarian
  • Reginald Barrett, Supreme Court Judge
  • Malcolm Brown, Sydney Morning Herald journalist and non-fiction writer
  • John Dauth, Australian diplomat in London
  • Anna Donald, pioneer in the field of evidence-based medicine
  • Peter FitzSimons, former Wallaby & Journalist
  • Libby Gleeson, Children's author
  • David Johnson, former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company
  • Dolph Lundgren, Action star
  • David Lyons, Wallabies & NSW Waratahs rugby player
  • John Moulton OAM, former Wallabies team doctor
  • Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga
  • Greg Urwin, Diplomat and Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum
  • Frank Walker, Journalist and non-fiction writer
  • Ben Gibbon (Nobel Laureat)
  • References

    Wesley College, University of Sydney Wikipedia

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