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Statue of John Henry Challis In 1880 the late John Henry Challis bequeathed residuary real and personal estate to the University of Sydney "to be applied for the benefit of that Institution in such manner as the governing body thereof shall direct". From the income of the fund a sum of 7,500 pounds was applied for the payment of half the cost of the erection of a new Chemical Laboratory, and a further sum of 1,900 pounds devoted to the erection of a life‐size marble statue of Mr Challis, which was placed in the Great Hall near the front entrance, opposite to that of W C Wentworth, in recognition of his bequest to the University. Professor Wood, the Challis Professor of History, delivered an address at the unveiling of the statue, which formed part of the University's annual commemoration ceremony on 8 April 1893. Professor Wood said: "As the statue of Wentworth stands as a memorial of the foundation of the University, and of its early years of quiet and successful labour, so the statue of Challis standing opposite will be to us the memorial of this second period in our history, the period of growth and of expansion" "... the great Sydney merchant whose statue we unveil today, the practical man of business who saw the practical power of knowledge and of thought in the world, and who, like the founders of the great English colleges long ago, has, dying, linked his name and fame with the life of a national institution which must live forever". The statue was then unveiled by Lady Manning, wife of the Chancellor Sir William Manning.
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