Our History

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) was founded in 1833 with the objective of the intellectual improvement of its members and the cultivation of literature, science and the arts. It continues to fulfil that original mandate today.

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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts: A History

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Image Credits:

Rev. Henry Carmichael, courtesy Newcastle Region Library, Jack Sullivan Collection, 147 000044

‘Working Men’s College’ from the Working Men’s College Report from the Committee of the Technical College at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts to the Honorable the Minister of New South Wales, 1881, held at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts

“I’ll have you!”, Claude Marquet (Cartoon of Billy Hughes and conscription) in Australian Worker, 13 December 1917, p9, courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales – TN36

Louisa Lawson, aged 50 c1898 , By J. Hubert Newman, courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales – PX 158 / 24