by James Waghorne Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

In 1844, nine years before the University of Melbourne was established, the merchant and politician William Westgarth found himself lost in the scrub north of Melbourne while riding home late one night. Drawn to the light of campfires that were burning along a creek, he encountered a group of Wurundjeri people, one of whom was clearly sick from the diseases brought by the colonisers.

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Heritage Redevelopment

Discover the heritage redevelopment of Old Quad with Anne-Marie Treweeke, Principal – Architecture, at Lovell Chen.

Free Resources

Extend your knowledge of Old Quad exhibitions by accessing a series of free resources. Browse digital exhibition catalogues to further your understanding of past displays or download an Old Quad photograph for use as a stunning background image.