Item 1 - Diploma of Associate of Arts Degree

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Diploma of Associate of Arts Degree


  • 1861 (Creation)

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1 parchment with ornamental border, seal missing

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The Tasmanian Council of Education was established in 1859 to hold university entrance examinations ‘in imitation of the Oxford and Cambridge annual local examinations’. The TCE awarded scholarships for higher school education, an Associate of Arts award (equivalent to matriculation) and two annual scholarships for study at a British university. Its elaborate seal, bearing an open book, a star and a rose, was designed by Bishop of Tasmania F.R. Nixon. When the University of Tasmania was established in 1890 it took over the functions of the TCE

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Gift of Miss J. Perkins (via History Department)

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Diploma of Associate of Arts Degree, dated 1861, awarded by the Tasmanian Council of Education to William W. Perkins who passed in English, Latin, French, elementary hydrostatics and mechanics, geology, third class. Diploma has decorative border of oak leaves and acorns designed by Henry Hunter and engraved by Alfred Bock

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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PP September 2018




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