Organisation Newman College (1918 - )

Residential College

'Newman College is named after John Henry Newman (1801-1890), one of the greatest English writers and theologians of the 19th century. His eloquent tribute to the collegiate ideal will be found in his educational classic, The Idea of a University.

The College is fortunate not only in its patron, but also in its architect. In 1911, Walter Burley Griffin won the international competition for the design of Canberra. Two years later, he came from the USA to begin the work. Not long afterwards he was invited to become the architect of the new University College which the Catholics of Victoria had decided should be erected on the site granted to them in 1882 by the Government of Victoria. The founders of Newman College received an initial donation of $30,000 from Mr. Thomas Donovan of Sydney, but the remainder of the funds required (over $60,000) was raised by collections in the parishes. On 11 June, 1916, the foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Carr, then Archbishop of Melbourne. It may still be seen near the present Office. Almost two years later - on 11 March, 1918 - the College was opened.'

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