Location! Location!

Location! Location!


Where to put the new university? Everyone in Melbourne seemed to have an idea where the new university could go. Should it be close to the city, a country university or out in the burgeoning south-eastern suburbs?

With one group arguing Monash University should be in a regional centre, 28 country towns and provincial cities including Queenscliff, Alexandra and Horsham, make bids for the new campus.

Planners proposed the Caulfield Racecourse, conveniently located at the junction of two south-eastern railways– just across the line from what later became its Caulfield campus. The interim council agreed but Premier Bolte, a keen racing man, said no. Pressure from influential golfers cost the University another excellent site, on the Huntingdale and Metropolitan golf links.

A 250-acre site is finally chosen in Clayton.