17 TRINITY TODAY THE CAMPUS BY DR BENJAMIN THOMAS ‘In a big college, it is impossible to know everyone intimately; but this is no reason or excuse for the existence of cliques. Cliquishness is the worst evil that we could suffer from, for it means that all but a few would be precluded from an effective share in College activities.’ The Fleur de Lys magazine has always been a good barometer of student concerns, and this one speaks directly to the feared consequence of Trinity’s rapid growth. It was 1920. There were 82 students in residence at the time. Nearly 100 years later, Trinity can’t be accused of cliquishness. Despite growing to 280 residential students since that passage was penned, the College cohort continues to maintain Trinity’s spirit of inclusiveness and belonging. Now, as the Residential College prepares to expand to 370 students – who will hopefully carry Trinity forward as a united community as students have done for more than a century – we look back at Trinity’s growth over the years. THE EARLY DAYS Architect Leonard Terry devised a grand scheme in 1864 for the intended Church of England residential college, which we now know as Trinity College, with work commencing on the Provost’s Lodge (Leeper) four years later. The building was constructed using Tasmanian sandstone in a late Gothic revival style and sought to cater for all the College’s early functions; comprising a chapel, dining hall, staff accommodation and tutorial rooms. When growing student demand required a purpose-built accommodation wing – Bishops’ (1878) – and a dining hall (1880) to provide for the student body, the cost Of bricks, mortar and people: an ever-evolving campus In August 2017, the board endorsed a strategic plan to expand Trinity’s Residential College in both student numbers and facilities. This imminent period of growth is something Trinity has faced and met since the 1870s.