If you would, permit me a moment of pride in one of my alma maters and the college at which I teach.
Today (March 1st, 2011) marks the 155th birthday of Moore Theological College. It was on March 1st, 1856, that lectures first began at the college. Revd William Hodgson was the college’s first principal and on that first day there were three students. The college initially met on the site of colonist Thomas Moore‘s estate at Liverpool on the outskirts of Sydney (roughly where Liverpool Hospital is situated today). It continued to operate there until the college moved to the present site in the suburb of Newtown, adjacent to the University of Sydney, in 1891.
This makes Moore Theological College the second oldest tertiary institution in Australia (after the University of Sydney). Since opening, it has had twelve principals, and well over 3,000 graduates. We are about to graduate our next cohort of students at the Moore College Graduation, to be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 17th, at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.
Happy Birthday Moore College!