Queen's College the University of Melbourne: A Pictorial History 1887–2012 edited by Jennifer Bars, Sophia T. Pavlovski-Ross, and David T. Runia

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357
Queen's College

Queen's College the University of Melbourne: A Pictorial History 1887–2012

edited by Jennifer Bars, Sophia T. Pavlovski-Ross, and David T. Runia

Queen’s College, $70 hb, 320 pp, 9780987065902

Queen's College the University of Melbourne: A Pictorial History 1887–2012 edited by Jennifer Bars, Sophia T. Pavlovski-Ross, and David T. Runia

Reviewed by
December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

Notwithstanding occasional media focus on misbehaving students or senior members, the residential colleges and halls dotted around or about most Australian university campuses keep a low profile. Their influence has undoubtedly declined since the early twentieth century, when as many as one quarter of Melbourne’s enrolled undergraduate population, and a much higher proportion of full-time students, were attached to Trinity and Janet Clarke Hall, Ormond or Queen’s. But the collegiate ideal to which all these institutions aspire, more or less, still provides a vital alternative to the regrettably prevailing view of higher education as mere vocational training – especially now, when the future viability of universities themselves is called increasingly into question.

Queen's College

Queen's College the University of Melbourne: A Pictorial History 1887–2012

edited by Jennifer Bars, Sophia T. Pavlovski-Ross, and David T. Runia

Queen’s College, $70 hb, 320 pp, 9780987065902

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