Clayton is crowned
The campus combined the former Talbot Epileptic Colony, a farm, a trotting track and the Cyclone Wire manufacturing company. Two kilometres from the nearest railway station, it was literally on the edge of the metropolis. Five decades later the city had caught up and the campus was close to its geographical centre.
A drive-in university
Monash would be a modern university. Architect Osborn McCutcheon, principal of Melbourne’s leading modernist architectural firm, Bates, Smart and McCutcheon, envisaged sleek functional buildings standing in a park-like setting. The University’s rapid growth quickly modified these plans, with the planned lake, many of the student residences and the University hospital scrapped, making way for a sea of car parks.
Leading architect Robin Boyd warns, “Victoria’s second university must not be second rate. We have the rare and wonderful opportunity of being able to start afresh and avoid the initial error our great-grandfathers made with the first one.”