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.