Special Issue/Édition spéciale 1994

The Founding of The University of Melbourne, 1852-1855

R. J. W. Selleck
Monash University
Published November 30, 1994
How to Cite
Selleck, R. J. W. 1994. “The Founding of The University of Melbourne, 1852-1855”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 6 (3). https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v6i3.4617.


In part this paper is about ideas, especially those held by some men in nineteenth-century Melbourne who set about establishing a university. They had carried a set of ideas about what a university should be with them as they journeyed across the world, some of them in search of a promised land. They found that turning these ideas into reality was complex and disappointing, but their struggle sheds light on the social, political, and educational life of Antipodean society.