Dunmore Lang College

Dunmore Lang College
Dunmore Lang College
Motto Learning, Leadership and Service
Established 1972
Academic affiliation Macquarie University
Principal Dr Lewis Rushbrook, MA (Auckland & Oxford), PhD (ANU), MAICD
Students 260
Undergraduates 230
Postgraduates 30
Location Macquarie University,
130-134 Herring Road, North Ryde NSW
Website Homepage

Dunmore Lang College is a residential college of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Its motto is "Learning Leadership and Service".

The college is a non-profit organisation, affiliated with the university. Established in 1972, it was named after John Dunmore Lang, a controversial Presbyterian clergyman who arrived in Australia in 1823 with ideals of a country that was free, enlightened, independent and moral.[citation needed]

An influential figure in the early history of the college was Miss Dorothy Knox, principal of the Presbyterian Ladies College, Pymble, who guided community appeals for suitable accommodation for ladies. Since a site at the University of Sydney could not be found, attention turned to the then new Macquarie University.

Originally a ladies college, Dunmore Lang College soon became co-educational and in recent years a new wing was created expanding the college to accommodate about 260 students and new conference facilities. The college is fully catered and provides rooms with and without ensuites.

Currently Dunmore Lang College is governed by a Board of directors.



There are two common rooms in the college, one for general students with cable television, pool table, table tennis and comfortable couches, the other common room is dedicated to senior students. The college also has its own library, with a reference collection and several subscriptions. There is also a room dedicated to Chiropractic study (offered at Macquarie University) with a Chiropractic bed and a Music Room for the students to practise without distrubing the other students.

Student Association

The college's student association is known as the ADS, which is affiliated with SAM (Students at Macquarie). They organise a variety of events throughout the year, including O-week and Dis-o-week activities and the annual pre-Conception Day party. Conception Day is an annual event at Macquarie University, a day music festival that commemorates the conception of Governor Macquarie. It is held at the end of Term 1, Semester 2. The celebrations in the college traditionally begin at six o'clock in the morning. The ADS also organises the annual sporting competition and debating competition against its neighbour and friendly rival Robert Menzies College


Dr. Lewis Rushbrook is the Principal and Chief Executive of Dunmore Lang College. The college employs 14 Resident Advisers to provide 24 hour student pastoral care. A variety of Resident Tutors are also employed to provide academic assistance, as well as Computer Support Officers, Accounts Assistance, Librarian, Media Liaison Office, Sustainability Liaison Officer, Service Liaison Officer.


  • D.W.A. Baker (1998). Preacher, Politician, Patriot: The Life of John Dunmore Lang. ISBN 0-522-84822-2. (240pp)
  • B.A. Zuiddam (2006). Trouble in the Colonies, John Dunmore Lang: Troublemaker or Troubleshooter, Acta Theologica, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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