Sunday, April 12, 2015

Melbourne University

I finally found time to take a wander in the grounds of  Melbourne University. Here I am at the University tram stop and city tram terminus looking down Swanston Street towards the city.


These very cheaply built apartments were constructed primarily for overseas university students. They don't have air conditioning and face west to the hot sun. Some occupants put flattened cardboard boxes against the windows to keep the sun out. I think the flats are quite a disgrace. I've been told most of them are owned by overseas owners who won't pay body corporate fees, and so there is little money for maintenance.


There were a few of these trees with lovely reddish bark in the uni grouds. I thought they were Chinese Ginkgo trees but it seems not.


There is such a mix of buildings with old


and the new.


The day I chose just happened university club selection day, with the clubs promoting themselves at various stalls. It made for a very lively atmosphere.



A nice refuge for just sitting.




A number of people cycle around the grounds.


There had been some kind of outdoor disco here, but it was wrapping up as I arrived.





A horticultural area.


This was quite nice.


Cacti.



Old buildings, new buildings and some in between. I guess by the name Babel, this has something to do with languages.



Some buildings don't stand the test of time.


Some not much older buildings do stand the test of time.


Cream brick building with a slate roof? Not its original cladding.


What do we have here?


It is a doorway to a bank building, moved here in 1972.


The opening leads in this ever so interesting car park.





Beer was involved. Again, things were breaking up as I arrived.



Something had gone wrong with the trams and when they did arrive, I was crushed in on the tram among a heap of uni lads. Dear oh dear, not good for the heart.


Later edit: The Percy Grainger Museum.


27 comments:

  1. Andrew, interesting post. The apartments for students look like in Poland. But I can imagine living without AC in your climate. Do students pay for studies in Australia? In Poland and most countries in Europe is free. The nature looks well-maintained

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    1. The do pay Gosia. There was a time in the 70s and 80s when tertiary education was free, but now it either cash up front, or a loan, repayable when your income reaches a certain level.

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    2. I think HECS uni advances are gouged out at tax time from any potential return by the ATO of the student's first PAYE earnings.
      Going to Uni used to be something to do while you find yourself. Join the Blues Society, The French Film Society, spend all day playing pool in Little Lonsdale St etc.
      Was one of those buildings The Percy Granger Museum? I have always wanted to see it but it has peculiar opening times/days not friendly for coming in on a country train and meeting someone else coming in from a different country trainline. Thanks for sharing your tour.

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    3. Ann, I understand the HECS only comes out once your income reaches a certain level. From memory it was somewhere in the 50K mark, but that was a few years ago.

      I am about to edit the post to include a not so good photo of the Granger Museum. It's on Royal Parade. I used to wonder what it was when passing by tram or car.

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  2. I really like wandering with you. Thank you. Lots to see, lots to enjoy.
    Interesting as it is, that carpark freaks me out a little. It would make a wonderful set for rather a nasty dystopian movie. Or murder.

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    1. EC, I think movies have been made in the carpark. It is a little creepy.

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  3. I'm keen to check out the new School of Design building. It's meant to be really spectacular from the inside.

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    1. Is that the very modern building Ad Rad? I quite liked it.

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  4. University campuses are fun places to visit. They have an electric feeling. Young clever people on the brink of changing the world. Lovely shots of the different architecture and green spaces. You keep control near those boys.

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    1. I like that Diane, young people on the brink of changing the world, for the better we hope.

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  5. I love those old Uni buildings so much more than the new modern ones and the inbetween ones. I also like that one you've said will stand the test of time. The old Bank entrance is certainly unusual and so is the carpark design it leads to.
    in your first photo, what is that building with the coloured light display? And why is it lit like that?

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    1. River, it is a very new building containing apartments I think. It certainly stands out. It was built on the old site of Carlton United Breweries and is very prominent location view wise.

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  6. Some buildings are quite magnificent. That bank door, leading to the underground parking garage, that's fabulous. My nephew went to some religious school in Australia for a year, I think, Avondale College is what it's called, but I'm not sure where it is. He went just to be abroad and because he'd fallen for an Australian girl, but it didn't last.

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    1. Strayer, I've heard of that school recently. If it was in the news, there must be trouble.

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    2. Probably a professor molester. Adventists have issues. That's who runs it.

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    3. They are Adventists, Strayer. That explains things. Yes, it was something as you describe.

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  7. Oh the years and years I spent at that uni.... the lectures, the booze, the gorgeous young men, the anti-Vietnam protests *sigh*

    Your best photo is of the art nouvish Conservatorium of Music, somewhat separate from the rest of the unwashed hordes of students. Inside is hall and a cool painting named for that world-famous singer, Dame Nellie. It is a white building, surrounded by gorgeous trees.

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    1. Hels, that is a lovely building, very colonial and the trees frame it well.

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  8. A fascinating tour. Of all the buildings, the ones which really appeal the most to me are the fabulous car park (a bit like a Thunderbirds set) and the new building with the outward sloping glass ground floor. Beautiful!

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    1. Craig, I was just thinking of the carpark being used for concerts but I am sure the acoustics would be awful. Yes, that modern building is interesting.

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  9. What a great post Andrew. Such a variety of buildings built through the different decades. I especially like the old bank and the car park. I have to disagree with Gosia K though as University education is no longer free in the UK(apart from Scotland). It now costs approx £9000 per year for tuition fees. If you don't have wealthy parents then you can obtain a loan to be paid back when you start earning a reasonable salary. Of course this means students are leaving uni with a large debt!

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    1. Thanks Fun60. I think our tertiary education is set up very similar to yours. In fact where did our set up come from? Much is owed by students who flee overseas or never reach the repay threshold.

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  10. Interesting tour and nice grounds. Let's hope those flats down need repairing if people don't pay the fee....Ah! to squashed by uni students :) nice thought if they were good looking!

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    1. Oh dear, me and my eyes plus my fingers - that should be 'don't'.

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    2. WA, eventually the fees must be paid and will be accruing interest. I am not so sure about o/s owners not paying, but I was told this.

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  11. Hey, I want to come on a photo walk with you. I'm quite often too chicken to go by myself. This interests me: http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/art-and-design/article/inside-melbournes-newest-design-hub

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    1. Fen, at times I look at things with R, but I feel so constrained. I like to do such things on my own, at my own pace. If I want to go back to see something, I can without a question of why. Doing things with others is good, but doing on your own is good too. The Design Hub does look terrific.

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