Department of Classics
The teaching of Classics was embedded at the University of Adelaide from its inception in 1874 with founding donor Walter Watson Hughes stipulating that a Chair of Classical and Comparative Philology and Literature be established as a condition of his endowment. The professorship was the first to be filled and the subjects of the inaugural University lectures in March 1876 were Latin followed by Greek.
Hughes Professors of Classics (Originally Hughes Professor of Classical and Comparative Philology and Literature):
- Professor Reverend Henry Read, MA (Camb), 1874-1878
- Professor David Frederick Kelly, MA (Camb), 1878-1894
- Professor Edward Vaughan Boulger, MA, Dlitt (Dublin), 1894
- Professor Edward Von Blomberg Bensly, MA (Camb), 1895-1905
- Professor Henry Darnley Naylor, MA (Camb), 1907-1927 (Emeritus Professor 1927)
- Professor John Aloysius Fitzherbert, MC, MA (Camb), 1928-1957 (Emeritus Professor 1958)
- Professor John Reginald Trevaskis, MA (Camb), 1958-1983 (Emeritus Professor 1983)
- Professor Robert Glenn Ussher, MA (Dub), PhD (Belf), MRIA, 1984-1992 (Emeritus Professor 1993).
In 1886 the Department of Classics was created as part of the newly instituted Faculty of Arts, an arrangement which began operating in the 1887 academic year. For over a century the Department retained its original name and position within the Faculty of Arts, albeit with fluctuations in staff and student numbers. Subject offerings also evolved to reflect changing attitudes to the utility of Ancient Greek and Latin.
In the mid-late 1990s reorganisation of the University’s academic and administrative structures took place. One of the results of this was the creation of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty of Arts fell under the umbrella of the Division with Classics remaining a component of the Faculty of Arts.
In 2002 the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences was divided into four ‘schools’, Classics being designated a ‘discipline’ within the School of Humanities.
In 2008 Classics underwent a substantive change to become the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. The Department remained within the School of Humanities which was administered by a reconstituted Faculty of Arts. In addition to specialist research, the Department’s stated remit was to assist students in understanding the history of the classical world (ancient Greece and Rome), their languages, literature, art and architecture, religions and ideas.
Taken from University of Adelaide Archives Provenance Records - UAR-0636, UAR-0883, UAR-0884, UAR-0885.Succeeding OrganisationDiscipline of Classics
Edward Joseph Stuckey - President - Adelaide University Christian Union - University - Asking permission to have a book case put in Classics Room B for their own use
W H Williams MA - University of Tasmania - Hobart - Application for Hughes Professorship of Classics
W H Williams MA - The University - Hobart Tasmania - Asking position in competition for Classical Chair appointment
James Bath - Secretary - Minister of Education - GPO Adelaide - Received cablegram from Agent General re Classical Professorship - Candidates are anxious for decision
Francis P Simpson - Wesley College Melbourne - Requesting Particulars of Hughes Professorship of Classics
Professor Horace Lamb - Owens College Manchester - Acknowledging vote of thanks for Council Report re English applicants for Professorship of Classics
R L Dunbabin - 38 Darling Street South Yarra Melbourne - Asking for particulars of Hughes Professorship of Classics
James M Cowan - Grammar School Ulverstone Tasmania - Application for Hughes Professorship of Classics
P Ansell Robin MA BA - Edistan Audley Street Petersham - Application for Classical Lectureship for March April May
Thomas Slaney Poole BA - St Johns Parsonage Adelaide - Application for Classical Lectureship March April and May
E H Irving MA BA - 66 Andrew Street Windsor Melbourne - Application for Classical Lectureship from March to May
D Murray R Coghill - 14 Alfred Street Prahran Victoria - Application for Classical Lectureship for March April and May
Christopher John Brennan MA - c/o A B Piddington Wigram Chambers Phillip Street Sydney - Application for Lectureship on Classics
James M Cowan - Grammar School Ulverstone Tasmania - Ask for particulars of Hughes Professorship of Classics
D Murray Coghill MA - Prahran Victoria - Asking for particulars of the Lectureship on Classics and Comparative Philology and Literature
J M Farrar MA - Bruce Street Stanmore Sydney NSW - Application for Lectureship on Classics and Comparative Philology and Literature for March April May
A Wilson - Ruby Street College Park - Information wanted re English applicants for Classical Professorship