The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is:

  • Constituted by the Act of Incorporation 1886 and the Amended Acts of 1929 and 1940, and
  • Governed by our By-laws.


The SMSA is governed by a set of By-laws which were adopted at a General Meeting of the Members on 29 October 2019.

Act of Incorporation & Amendments

The SMSA is constituted by its own Act of Parliament. The first Act was passed in 1874, repealed in 1886 and replaced with the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Incorporation Act 1886.

The first two articles of the Act establish the purpose of the SMSA.

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