Film of the Month
The digitisation, preservation and accessibility of the following film was only possible due to the generous funding provided to Western Sydney University Archives by the University Hawkesbury Foundation:
Hawkesbury Agricultural College Videos
Hawkesbury Agricultural College (HAC) was established in 1891 on 3551 acres near the town of Richmond, New South Wales (Australia). Starting with an enrolment of 26 students, the College quickly grew to become a world class Agricultural College and Experimental Farm.
Initially students were housed at 'Toxana' in the town of Richmond and travelled to the farm each day. In 1895, students moved into newly built accommodation on site. Within ten years the College had established itself as a fully working farm producing export quality produce. Students were trained in all areas of farm management and modern agricultural techniques. In 1974, HAC became a College of Advanced Education and, in 1989, merged with other educational institutions to form the University of Western Sydney, in 2015 the University of Western Sydney changed its name to Western Sydney University.
The University Archives Collection includes a number of films dating back to the 1920's depicting various aspects of the College. The films in the following selection have been copied from original 16mm acetate reels and may have undergone cropping or minor editing but are otherwise true to the originals.