Not Just Profs & Toffs: Families Living in the University of Melbourne Grounds


Book Information

Release date 11-2018
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781925801477
ISBN10 1925801470

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In 2017 construction of the underground Parkville Station in Grattan Street obliged the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor to leave the house in which his family and those of his predecessors had lived for the previous 80 years. The grounds were devoid of residents for the first time in 160 years.
Like the Gatekeeper’s Lodge at the Main Entrance and the Staff Club backing on to Tin Alley, the house remains but, like them and a score of others since demolished, nobody lives there.
During its first hundred years the University of Melbourne grounds housed professors, gardeners, porters, messengers, dissecting room attendants and laboratory technicians, all with families, many of whom spent decades on campus. Not Just Profs and Toffs tells the story of some of those families, looking at their physical accommodation, social interactions and to what extent living in what was at time a gated community affected them.

Author information

Juliet Flesch

Dr Juliet Flesch is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne, a librarian of thirty years’ standing and author of From Australia with Love: A history if Modern Australian Romance Novels; Minding the Shop, a history of the University’s Department of Property & Buildings, and co-author, with Peter McPhee of 150 Years, 150 Stories; Brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with The University of Melbourne, as well as other books, scholarly articles and chapters.


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