An Act to establish a University in Tasmania, No 41 of 1889

Governor of the Colony of Tasmania 1889 , An Act to establish a University in Tasmania, No 41 of 1889 , Government Gazette, Hobart, Tasmania.

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The University of Tasmania was established on 1st January 1890 by an Act of the Colony of Tasmania. The Act is the subject of this entry. The original text is held in the Law Library collected Statutes are in other Tasmanian archives.

The University thus became the fourth established in Australia. Of particular interest are the following provisions:
• From its foundation, the University offered equal educational opportunity to students of all classes and genders (preamble and clause 9)
• The Senate was however restricted to male graduates (clause 5)
• The University could only dispose of real estate with the express written permission of the Governor in Council (clause 1)
• Religious tests of any kind are prohibited (clause 16)
• The University may not offer degrees in Theology nor Divinity (clause 9)
The second, third and fifth provisions have ceased to apply in the intervening period; the first and fourth are taken for granted and covered by Commonwealth legislation.

The Act has been modified several times in the ensuing years. The current version of the Act can be found on the State Government consolidated law website http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au. The Act is referred to in the University’s Petition http://eprints.utas.edu.au/15872/ to gain a Royal Charter through Letters Patent http://eprints.utas.edu.au/15939/. Note that while the original Act gives the name “The University of Tasmania”, the current Act uses the name “University of Tasmania”.

Item Type: Other
Authors/Creators:Governor of the Colony of Tasmania
Keywords: University of Tasmania, University Act, Tasmania, equal opportunity, religious tests
Publisher: Government Gazette
Collections: University of Tasmania > University of Tasmania Special Collections
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