Tuesday, 7 February 2012

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, OLD ARTS

The University of Melbourne is a public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded in 1853, it is the second oldest university in Australia and the oldest in Victoria. The oldest university in Australia is that of Sydney. The main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the Melbourne CBD. The university also has several other campuses located across Victoria. It is a member of Australia's "Group of Eight" lobby group, the Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks. It is colloquially known as a "sandstone university" and has one of the largest financial endowments of any Australian university, standing at $1.173 billion as of 2010. I'm rather fond of this University as it is my alma mater...


Melbourne University was established by Hugh Childers by an 1853 act of the Victorian Parliament. Classes commenced in 1855 with three professors and sixteen students; of this body of students, only four graduated. The original buildings were officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Victoria, Sir Charles Hotham, on 3 October 1855. The first chancellor, Redmond Barry (later Sir Redmond), held the position until his death in 1880. In the university's early days, an architectural master-plan was developed, establishing the intended prevailing building style as gothic revival. Early influential architects included Melbourne's own Joseph Reed, who was responsible for the design of many of the early campus buildings. Although the master-plan was followed until the 1930s, the 1950s saw the modernist style established as a new "house style", resulting in the mix of university buildings seen today. The inauguration of the university was made possible by the wealth resulting from Victoria's gold rush.


This post is part of the 'Our World Tuesday' meme.


Clock Tower of Old Arts Building (Built 1854)


The cloisters of the Old Quadrangle


The Old Quadrangle is the oldest building on campus. It was designed by Francis White, with apartments on the east and west wings for the professors. Camellia bushes have been a feature of the courtyard since the 1860s. The southern cloisters were finally realised in 1970.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. A great tour indeed and what a beautiful university, Nick! You've captured it all so beautifully in your photos! Interesting history, too, and I always enjoy reading that! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Sylvia

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  3. such a gorgeous university and lovely compositions.

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  4. Five past ten, wonderful time to have a tea.

    Picture three is wonderful ! Please have a good Tuesday.


    daily athens photo

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  5. Beautiful shots! Really like the fourth one.

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  6. Terrific architecture for University buildings.

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  7. Lovely clock shot between the trees. Reminds me of Sydney Uni.

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  8. That's a beautiful building.

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  9. Love the architecture! And that blue sky is gorgeous.

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  10. I really like the old Guadrangle photo and the blue sky..yes I know it will return soon enough up here..

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  11. Gorgeous series of shots of this grand old uni Nick, reminds me a little of UWA over here.

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  12. I have such fond memories of Melbourne Uni. Had lunch on those benches on the top photo om many occasions. Thx Nick.

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  13. Hi there - splendid shots - I think you should have included a shot of the underground car park as well!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. Looks like a great place to study and be a student. I miss those days. My old Alma Mater is The University of New England in Armidale.

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  15. It seems wonderful to be a student here, Nick. Beautiful shots.

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  16. c'est une tres belle universite, j'aime cette architecture



    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge "Walk In The Street Photography"

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  17. I really enjoyed my tour of Melbourne via your blog. Your photos are lovely, and you live in a beautiful city.

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  18. Wonderful tour of a beautiful university.

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  19. Beautiful photos of beautiful landmarks. My friend had here masters here. I haven't been to Melbourne, but seen some universities in Sydney and Armidale.

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