Christ College, Tasmania

Christ College, Tasmania

Christ College is the oldest tertiary institution in Australia and is a residential college at the University of Tasmania, and is currently located on the University's grounds in Sandy Bay.


Students at Christ College participate in inter-college sporting events with - Jane Franklin Hall and St John Fisher College.

Grand Slam Sports:

Rugby (male and females)

AFL (male and females)

Cricket (males)

Netball (Females)

Minor Sports:



Table Tennis


Volley Ball

Netball (males)

Softball (Females)


Christ College 2008 Executive Committee

President: Gareth Wells

Vice-President: Liz Richardson

Social: Bec Reinitis

Treasurer: John Rayner

Male Sports: Jim Dunham

Female Sports: Cherie Livingston

Cultural Rep: Pete Foster

Communications Rep: Kayden Walsh

College Symbols

The College Badge and Motto. W R Barrett suggested the College motto Jesus Christus esto mihi (Jesus Christ shall be mine or Let Jesus Christ be mine). It is said to have been found on the tomb of an early Christian named Domitilla in the catacombs in Rome. Captain D Colbron Pearce, an artist on the staff of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, incorporated it in a design featuring a shield surmounted by a mitre.

A few years later, the students expressed a wish to have the Dux Lux Rex Lex illustrated by symbols - hence the baton, torch, crown, and book.

The Rock. College members helped bring the College's best known symbol, the Rock, to the college site from the nearby quarry in Proctor's Road when the College moved to the Sandy Bay campus in 1962. This rock is burned annually and is now so fragile that this ceremony is no longer performed.

History of Christ College

1846 The College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the priesthood. The Hutchins School and Launceston Grammar were founded at the same time to act as feeder schools to the College.

The College's first ten years (1846-1856) were at Bishopsbourne, and there is still a sign there pointing to "The College". However, it never really developed as its founders hoped, and a depression in the colony, the remote site, and financial problems led to its closure in 1856. The cedar mantelpiece in the Computer Room is the only reminder of the now demolished Bishopsbourne building.

1879 The College re-opened in Hobart in 1879 in Macquarie Street, moving to the Hobart High School premises on the Domain on a seven year lease in 1885. There was an effort during the Macquarie Street/High School period to provide some form of higher education, but for most of the time the College was just another Hobart school, competing for students against schools like Hutchins and the Friends' School. It did, however, offer some evening classes, which may have been for more advanced students.

1892 The lease was not renewed in 1892 because of the foundation of the University of Tasmania. The University moved into the High School buildings and the College closed. There had been a move to restructure Christ College as the new university, but this was defeated by the combined Presbyterian and Roman Catholic interests who were sensitive to what they perceived as an undue Anglican influence on education.

1911 The College reopened in 1911 as the matriculation section of the Hutchins School in Macquarie Street. The accumulated College assets were used to build a special Christ College wing for the matriculation section, and to acquire the Holy Trinity Rectory in Park Street as a hostel for theological and other students.

The College also had a very close association with St Wilfrid's College, the theological training college founded at "Richmond Hill", Cressy, in 1904. The property was bequeathed to the Diocese by James Denton Toosey, one of the Trustees appointed after the College's closure at Bishopsbourne in 1856, with the request that it be used if possible for the revival of Christ College.

By the nineteen twenties, St Wilfrid's College had run into difficulties, and at the same time Launceston Grammar protested that Hutchins, because of its close connection with the College, was receiving an unfair amount of the Christ College assets. Representations were made to Parliament, and the Christ College Act was passed in 1926, holding that the matriculation sections of Hutchins and Launceston Grammar were carrying out the secular academic intentions of the College's founders, and granting them each one third of the College's assets. The remaining third, with the proceeds from the sale of the "Richmond Hill" estate, was to be devoted to upgrading the Holy Trinity rectory site to "....provide for the training of young men in theological learning and Christian doctrine for admission to holy orders in connection with the Church of England in Tasmania and, as far as its means will allow, to provide for a college or hostel for students attending the University of Tasmania."

1929 The Warden of St Wilfrid's College, William Barrett, was appointed first Warden of the new college, and he and his five theological students and twelve university students move into enlarged premises on the Park Street site in 1929. In 1933 the College was formally affiliated with the University as its first residential college.

1971 When the University moved to the Sandy Bay campus in the sixties, the College followed. It was finally completed in 1971, when it also became the first Tasmanian college to take both men and women.

1991 Christ College began a new chapter in its long and significant story. The Bishop, the Board of Management and the Christ College Trust entered an agreement whereby ownership and management of the College passed to the University of Tasmania. The agreement provides for the continuation of the College in the full integrity of its Anglican traditions and heritage.

1996 The College celebrated its sesquicentenary.

2003 The administration of Christ College was taken over by Accommodation Services, which also administers St John Fisher College and the new University Apartments.


Notable alumni of Christ College include Peter Underwood, the former Chief Justice of Tasmania and current governor of Tasmania.

External links

* [ Christ College information for prospective students]

* [ Christ College web page run by the Student Club]

* [ Christ College mailing list for Old boys and current residents]

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