What is in the Archives?

Here is an example of what can be found in Trinity's Archive collection.

College documents, publications and records:

  • correspondence and papers that document the establishment of the College records of Council committee memberships and Council meeting minutes

  • Annual Reports

  • correspondence files and records from past Wardens

  • records of student enrolments, minutes and proceedings of the student sports and other societies

  • copies of the College magazines Fleur-de-Lys and Trinity Today

  • records of tutors and tutorials

  • College Chapel records

  • records up to 1961 of the Trinity Women's Hostel (Janet Clarke Hall)

  • photographs of College buildings, events and personalities

  • architectural drawings and plans of College buildings and landscaping.


Items from private collections of prominent individuals:

  • personal documents

  • private correspondence, diaries and photographs

  • press clippings

  • letters

  • oriental artefacts

  • porcelain collections.


Student records:

  • class-of-the-year details

  • posters from special events, such as College Balls, plays and musicals

  • academic performance and achievements

  • sports teams, competitions and results

  • information about clubs and societies

  • cultural and musical events and participants.


Special Collections

Rusden Papers

George William Rusden was born in 1819 at Leith Hill, England and arrived in Sydney in May 1834. Rusden was appointed agent for the National Schools Board in 1849, first in Port Phillip then in Moreton Bay, Brisbane. In 1851 he moved to Melbourne where he was appointed clerk in the Colonial Secretary's Office. This was followed by appointments as a clerk of the Executive Council, then Clerk of the Parliaments (Clerk of the Legislative Council).

Rusden was a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne from the appointment of the first Council in 1853 until he retired to England in 1882. While in England, Rusden was on the Executive of the Imperial Federation League. He returned to Melbourne in 1893 and lived at his residence in South Yarra. Rusden died on 23 December 1903.

The Trinity College Archives has collected or had donated materials that are associated with Rusden or the Rusden collection. This collection includes a number of letters from Charles Dickens and other members of the Dickens family to George William Rusden, who was a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne 1853-82.

For a full overview and for more information on the Rusden Collection, please contact the Archivist.

Trinity's Olympics Collection

Archives olympics

Dr Peter Pockley (TC 1954) was one of 10 scientists and engineers, including Myles Fisher (TC 1956), Ian Jasper (TC 1953), Barry Johnson (TC 1945), Peter Read (TC 1954) and Ken Mason (TC 1952), asked by the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Committee to ‘tend to the precious symbol’ for the duration of the Games.

The Melbourne Olympic Games opening ceremony was just a whisker away from disaster. Earlier, the Olympic organisers had asked Trinity for 10 scientists and engineers to tend the precious symbol of the then, amateur sport. In return for long hours over 16 days and nights, they received free passes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), a magnificent viewing platform all to themselves, and drab grey dustcoats with the Olympic rings stenciled on the pockets. The ink had barely dried on their final exam papers when they did a crash course in gas control at the Shell refinery at Corio near Geelong.

Read more about Trinity College and the 1956 Olympics

Papers of Archbishop Robert Dann

These papers include correspondence, photos, pamphlets, press clippings, sermons, broadcast scripts, personal papers, professional licences. The Archives also hold valuable collections of private papers from prominent individuals with a connection to Trinity College. These include:

  • private correspondence, diaries and photographs of Dr Alexander Leeper and his family including volumes of press clippings and correspondence concerned with his wider interests of Classical Studies, the Shakespeare Society, libraries and Ulster

  • private correspondence, memorabilia and photographs of Valentine Leeper

  • papers of Revd Dr Kenneth Henderson, a Trinity theology student, later Acting Chaplain, and a pioneer of religious broadcasting

  • notebooks and papers of the Revd Dr Barry Marshall, College Chaplain in the 1960s

  • notebooks, diaries and papers of Archbishop Frank Woods.