Legacies commemorated

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem

The origin of many familiar names around the College flow from the names of benefactors whose legacies were gifts in their wills. Below are the beginnings of a major work of research to bring into one place a compendium of these Jerusalem Legacies and their impact on St Paul’s College daily life and its heritage.

This section of the College website will be evolutionary simply because the College and the Foundation are aware of future gifts in wills which for the time being remain in the hands of our Redeemer.

I invite Paulines and friends to contact me if they have ‘legacy stories’ about our great financial contributors which can been added here. Of course, the future of the College is made safe through such legacies which are greatly encouraged today.

Deo Patriae Tibi

Richard Morgan (Director of Community Development)

A suitable form of words might read as follows:


I GIVE AND BEQUEATH free of all duties, death, estate, succession or otherwise payable in consequence of my death, the sum of $ … to St Paul’s College / St Paul’s College Foundation to be applied fore the general purposes of the College / the Foundation and I DECLARE that the receipt of the College shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustee for the payment thereof and that my Trustee shall not be bound to see the application of the same.

For bequests of real estate, personal property, or a specific share in your estate appropriate descriptions would, of course, be required.

Bequests received by the College over many decades have funded scholarships and general building works, and contributed to the St Paul’s College Foundation’s Capital Fund.

Original Subscribers

There were apparently 228 original subscribers to the fund establishing the College.  Their names come from a list dated October 1856.  Several were women, including Mrs Mary Anne Burdekin, of Burdekin House . . . Read More >

Founders of Scholarships and Prizes

Apart from buildings, scholarships and bursaries have been the main reason why men and women have given money to St Paul’s College.  The first donations of this kind were in the form of prizes rather than scholarships, and were not  . . .  Read More >

Dr C V Salisbury

Charles Victor Salisbury (1901-1987), in College 1921-27, Fellow 1951-87. Benefactor on several occasions throughout his lifetime and in his will. As a new Fellow on the College Council in the 1950s Charles pushed for work to be done on the grounds of the College. Some 800 trees were planted. “Salisbury’s commitment to Paul’s showed itself in unending, effervescent, even-handed kindness plus a serious sense of purpose” (Atkinson, p.385). The completion of the Cloisters in 1983 in sandstone was the result of Salisbury’s financial contribution and his family coat of arms is finely carved into one of the decorative shields (3rd from the left in the photo). The Salisbury, that most famous of college bars in Sydney, is located under the kitchen and dining hall in the space once occupied by the hot water boilers. This was largely funded by Charles’s estate given through the St Paul’s College Foundation with additional

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Generous gift in Will received

St Paul’s College is the recent beneficiary of the distribution of assets in accordance with the Will of Rev’d Peter Blackburn who died in 2018. Peter’s estate was across multiple jurisdictions which led to additional time to complete probate and property sales. Rev’d Peter James Whittaker Blackburn, in College 1968-69, was born on 9 January 1947 and lived in Maroubra and Carringbah as a child. In 1965 he came to Sydney University from Woolooware High School to study for a Bachelor of Arts. At that time Peter found he enjoyed participation in services at Christ Church St Lawrence and for a year he was President of the Sydney University Anglican Society. He moved in to Paul’s for his honours year and in 1969 commenced a Law degree. He was a Chapel Warden, member of Mummers and according to his uni friend Robert Tunbridge was a fabulous entertainer in his room

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