is the oldest tertiary institution in Australia
and is a residential college
of the University of Tasmania
The college is currently located on the University's grounds in Sandy Bay
. The college has a residential community consisting of approximately 160 undergraduate
residents, a significant minority of whom are international students from Asia
, and the Americas
College life at Christ college is vibrant, with numerous sport and social events being hosted throughout the academic year. The college also hosts fortnightly formal dinners, in keeping with its tradition of a residential college.
The College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the priesthood. The Hutchins School
and Launceston Church Grammar School
were founded at the same time to act as feeder schools to the College.
The College's first ten years (1846–1856) were at Bishopsbourne, and there is still a sign there pointing to "The College". However, it never really developed as its founders hoped, and a depression in the colony, the remote site, and financial problems led to its closure in 1856. The cedar mantelpiece in the Computer Room is the only reminder of the now demolished Bishopsbourne building.1879
The College re-opened in Hobart in 1879 in Macquarie... Read More