Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

Educational institution

The oldest School of Arts in Sydney was founded to provide further education for working people and has done so since its inception in 1833.

Reading room, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Sydney c1920s
Milestones
Formed
1833
Property
Occupied
1837
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1988
Owned
1996
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Occupied
2000
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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

by Dictionary of Sydney staff writer, 2008 Creative Commons License

Founded in 1833 on the model of Scottish Mechanics' Institutes, the SMSA sought to provide further education for working men through lectures, classes and a library. Many of Sydney's foremost intellectuals, inventors and innovators were associated with it, and it influenced the development of both the University of Sydney and technical education in New South Wales. It still provides a library and lectures to Sydneysiders in 2009.
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Arthouse Hotel

by Mark Dunn, 2010
supported by Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts Creative Commons License

Built as the library, hall and rooms for the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, and long a centre of cultural life in Sydney, the Arthouse Hotel was converted into a pub in the 1990s.
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School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney 1856
The new reading room at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, June 1879
Robert Bald - Certificate of honorary membership in the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 1842
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 1864-69
Sydney School of Arts 1868-81
The Sydney School of Arts Interior Arrangement, Illustrated Sydney News 14 June 1879 p 4
Library in the Sydney School of Arts June 1879
Laboratory and ladies' reading room in the Sydney School of Arts  June 1879
Workmen's college in the Sydney School of Arts June 1879
The Sydney School of Arts Interior Arrangement June 1879
WC Windeyer's Sydney Mechanics School of Arts membership receipt for 1847
Sydney School of Arts, 275-277 Pitt St 1970s
The Free Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts and Wyatt & Son Curriers - Pitt Street 1848

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