Melbourne University Campus Tour (short tour)

801 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Melbourne University Campus Tour (short tour)

801 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

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22 m
1.7 km
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This is a shortened version of the self guided Campus Tour highlighting some of the historical, architectural and landscape features of the University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus.

Melbourne University Campus Tour (short tour)

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This is a shortened version of the self guided Campus Tour highlighting some of the historical, architectural and landscape features of the University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus.

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Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne boasts architecture from various eras. Whether you are new student, architecture afficionado of curious tourist, this short tour will give you a taste of some of the significant features on this site.

To find the map of the full Campus Tour, audio tour or fuller descriptions, please click on the link above.

With thanks to the University of Melbourne for text descriptions, and photos by Irene Jablonka.

** Please note that there is no bookshop in Tin Alley as labelled on Melboure University's Campus Tour map. The Melbourne University bookshop is in Professors' Walk near the Baillieu Library.

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Points of Interest

1. Ian Potter Museum of Art

Designed in 1998, the gallery houses the University's extensive art collection, ranging from classical antiquity to contemporary art.

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2. Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Previously named Old Pathology, this building housed the Medical School from the 1880s.

3. Wilson Hall

The original Hall burnt down in 1952. Its replacement features a mural, stained and etched glass screen, pipe organ and sculptures. See the Trial of Socrates above the main entrance.

4. Architecture Building

Originally designed in the 1960s by then Professor of Architecture Brian Lewis, with a 1990s addition by Daryl Jackson. Within are several sculptures.

5. Eight hour day plaque

Commemorates a stonemason\'s stop work in 1856 which launched the campaign for the 8 hour day, an event of international significance in the history of workers\' conditions and industrial relations.

6. Cussonia Court

Named for the Cussonia Spicata tree gracing the middle of the courtyard. This tree was propagated from a cutting from the original tree planted in the 1880s by one of the University's first professors

7. Deakin Court

The pillars in the middle of the courtyard and at the eastern end are relics saved from the original Gothic Revival style Wilson Hall.

8. Union House

The original building housed the National Museum (now Museum Victoria) from 1863 to 1899. Only a few fragments of the original building are still visible. Gallery on level 2 features contemporary art.

9. Underground car park

An engineering innovation using mushroom shaped columns to support the roof and accommodate drainage for the lawn and trees above. It's atmospheric interior featured in the Australian film Mad Max.

10. Gatekeeper's cottage

Built in 1860, the cottage was a residence up until 12 years ago.

11. University Square

The Alan Gilbert Building houses Australia's first large scale building-integrated photovoltaic solar power generator which won an award for sustainable architecture.

12. Frank Tate Building

Built in 1939, it was originally part of the Melbourne Teachers' College, this Art Deco building is now home to a learning centre for students providing individual and collaborative learning spaces.

13. Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Built in 1999, the Centre is home to the Asia Institute and Asialink. The Centre prmotes public awareness and understanding of Asia.

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Features

Public Transport Public Transport
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden