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Corporate entry The University of Melbourne (1853 - )

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria


The University of Melbourne was the second university to be established in Australia, the first for the state of Victoria. The legislation for its establishment was passed by parliament in early 1853, the foundation stone laid in July 1854 and classes commenced in April 1855. Initially the University boasted only four faculties and sixteen students. By the end of the 20th century there was a total of around 34,000 students and 13 faculties.

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  • University of Melbourne Archives: guide to collections (Parkville, Victoria: Archives Board of Management, University of Melbourne, 1983), 210 pp. Details
  • Allen, H. B., History of the Medical School. in University of Melbourne Medical School Jubilee 1914 (Melbourne: Ford & Son, 1914). Details
  • Blainey, Geoffrey, A Centenary History of the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1957). Details
  • Blainey, Geoffrey; Olver, Norman H., The University of Melbourne: a centenary portrait (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 1956), 176 pp. Details
  • Carey, Jane, Women and Science at the University of Melbourne: Reflections on the Career of Dame Margaret Blackwood (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, History of the University Project, 1996), 24 pp. Details
  • Hare, William S. C., Radiology at the University of Melbourne: a History from Roentgen to the Year 2000 (Parkville: the author, 2004), 231 pp. Details
  • Hohne, H., Success and failure in scientific faculties of the University of Melbourne: an extended follow-up of 901 students who had entered the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Agriculture in 1943 and 1944 (Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Rsearch, 1955), 129 pp. Details
  • Kelly, Farley, Degrees of Liberation: a Short History of Women in the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: The Women Graduates Centenary Committee of the University of Melbourne, 1985), 172 pp. Details
  • Poynter, John and Rasmussen, Carolyn, A place apart: the University of Melbourne: decades of challenge (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1996), 546 pp. Details
  • Priestley, Raymond, The Diary of a Vice-Chancellor: University of Melbourne 1935-1938 (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2002), 555 pp. Details
  • Radford, Joan, The Chemistry Department of the University of Melbourne: its contribution to Australian Science, 1854-1959 (Melbourne: Hawthorn Press, 1978), 314 pp. Details
  • Radok, Uwe, UNIMET - the Meteorological Department of the University of Melbourne 1937-1990 (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, Meteorology Section, School of Earth Sciences, 1993), 50 pp. Details
  • Rasmussen, Carolyn, Increasing Momentum: Engineering at the University of Melbourne, 1861-2004 (Carlton: University of Melbourne, 2004), 244 pp. Details
  • Scott, Ernest, A History of the University of Melbourne (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1936), 226 pp. Details
  • Weickhardt, L.W., Masson of Melbourne: the Life and Times of David Orme Masson KBE, MA, DSc, LLD, FRSE, FRS, Professor of Chemistry, University of Melbourne 1886-1923 (Parkville, Vic: Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 1989), 226 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'The Veterinary Schools in Australia. I. The Sydney University Veterinary School II. The Melbourne University Veterinary School', Australian Veterinary Journal, 1 (1925), 40-41; 75-47. Details
  • Buchanan, A. S., 'The Changing Pattern of University Research. The Chemistry School, Melbourne', The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, 30 (1963), 193-196. Details
  • Buchanan, Gwynneth, 'The Melbourne University Science Club, 1888-1937', The Science Review (1937), 16-21. Details
  • Budd, W. F., 'The Meteorology Department of the University of Melbourne', Australian meteorological magazine, 28 (1) (1980), 43-4. Details
  • Clark, G.M., Black, R.C., Forster I.C., Patrick, J.F., Tong, Y.C., 'Design Criteria of a Multiple-electrode Cochlear Implant Hearing Prosthesis', Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 63 (1978), 631-633. Details
  • Gregg, Julie, 'The Centenary of Women in Medicine: the Early Years of the School of Medicine, University of Melbourne', Australian Dr (1987), 16-17, 51. Details
  • Spicer, B. M., 'Physics at the University of Melbourne', Australian Physicist, 17 (7) (1980), 113-116. Details
  • Spiro, M., 'Scientific Societies in Australia. The Melbourne University Chemistry Society (MUCS)', The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, 27 (1960), 118-123. Details
  • Sweet, Georgina, 'Gilruth and the Melbourne University Veterinary School and the Research Institute. 1909-1912', Australian Veterinary Journal, 13 (1937), 108-110. Details
  • Wadham, Sir Samuel, 'The Extension to the Agricultural School. [Historical Review of the University of Melbourne School.]', Melbourne University Gazette, 11 (1955), 82-83. Details
  • Wilkinson, Ian R., 'Frederick McCoy: First Science Professor at the University of Melbourne', History of Education Review, 25 (1) (1996), 54-70. Details
  • Zainu'ddin, Ailsa, 'The Admission of Women to the University of Melbourne', Melbourne Studies in Education (1973), 51-104. Details

Newspaper Articles


  • Equal Opportunity Unity, The University of Melbourne, The University of Melbourne Faculty Employment by Gender 2001 (Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, 2001). Details


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Teaching resources


  • Allen, Felicity, 'Progress or Stagnation: Women at the University of Melbourne, 1974-1984', PhD thesis, Monash University, 1986. Details

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