The Religious Centre opens
9 June 1968
The churches had argued for a religious centre, with a chaplain and a library, but the Professorial Board decided a chair in comparative religion would be more appropriate.
Planned initially by the Christian and Jewish communities of Melbourne, funds were raised by the two groups, with the building then gifted to the University to distance it from any specific religion. It is the first religious centre at an Australian university.
Matheson held hope that the Religious Centre would be a symbol of a united university community but by the time it opens in June, that unity is being sorely tested, as protesting students gathered in ever-larger numbers in the forum in front of the new centre.