The drought ends
Clayton Campus finally gets its first bar, Sir John’s, just as the Union Building is renamed the Campus Centre. More than 60 per cent of student voters had opposed a student bar in a 1988 referendum; the ‘yes’ vote was finally carried in 1991.
Other campuses had opened bars many years earlier. The Gryph-Inn, a bar and bistro, opened at Caulfield in 1994 and Peninsula’s popular Seahorse Tavern opened in 1995. Some student groups were concerned about the new bar at Clayton: would it lead to drunken louts on campus? The University authorities, meanwhile, hoped the presence of the bar would temper the ‘immature drinking culture’ of Green Week, the drunken orientation week tradition.