A second university

A second university

1957

Time for a university

From the beginning, Monash was a university in a hurry. Victoria was in desperate need of a new tertiary institution.

The post-war technological boom meant industry demanded more graduates. Baby boomers and their parents were clamouring for more places.

The launch of the Russian satellite ‘Sputnik’ inspired fears that the West was falling behind in science and technology.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies appointed English academic Sir Keith Murray to investigate Australian university education. Murray recommended the foundation of a second Victorian university.

Initially conceived of as a specialist technology university to serve the areas of most pressing demand, arguments grow that it should be a fully-fledged university.

In March 1958 Victorian Education Minister John Bloomfield introduced a bill to establish the new multi-faculty university and announced that it would be called ‘Monash’.