In 2011 TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute celebrated its 120 year anniversary and its leading role in the development of vocational education and training in Australia. In 1891 Sydney Institute opened its first permanent teaching facility in Ultimo, with 20 teaching departments including Sheep and Wool Training, Engineering, Domestic Cookery and Printing. Originally called Sydney Technical College (STC), the organisation has a rich history, being the first site for several of Sydney’s leading education institutions including Sydney Boys’ High School, Sydney Technical High School, UTS and UNSW. The Powerhouse Museum’s origins can also be traced back to NSW’s first Technological Museum built in 1893 at Sydney Institute.
On these pages you can read about Sydney Institute’s rich history over the past 120 years.
In 2011 we showcased our role in all areas of NSW’s economic development. From Finance to Nursing, Mechanical Engineering to Hairdressing, Sydney Institute has offered thousands of courses over the last 120 years to meet the needs of industry.
Sydney Institute has provided training to the people and industries of Sydney for more than 120 years. Its evolution as an important provider of vocational education and training can be traced to 1833 with the foundation of the privately run Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts which offered lectures in non-vocational subjects including philosophy, languages, art and the natural sciences.
The importance of technical education was recognised by working men’s associations, industrial groups and a number of influential citizens including William Charles Windeyer, Richard Teece, Alexander Kethel, James Dalgarno, Frederick Bridges, Norman Selfe and Edward Dowling who was vice-president of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.