Event 1852 - The Victorian Legislative Council determines the principles leading to the establishment of the University

15 December 1852

'On 15 December 1852 the Auditor-General, Hugh Culling Eardley Childers, moved in the Victorian Legislative Council that a select committee be appointed to establish the principles on which a University should be established. The bill subsequently drawn up by Childers and Attorney-General Stawell, received Royal assent on 22 January 1853.
The University thus established was state-funded, urban, secular, non-residential and open only to men. It was to offer the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Arts, Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine, Laws and Music, but not Theology.'

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