Trinity College (University of Melbourne)

Trinity College (University of Melbourne)

name = Trinity College
university = Melbourne
shield =
colours =
full_name = Trinity College within the University of Melbourne
motto_Latin = Pro Ecclesia, Pro Patria
motto_English = For the church, for the fatherland
named_for = The Holy Trinity
previous_names = -
established = 1872
sister_college = -
head_name = Warden
head = Associate Professor Andrew McGowan
free_label_1 = Dean
free_1 = Mr Campbell Bairstow
location = Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria
undergraduates = 240
graduates = 30
homepage = [ Homepage]
boat_club = Trinity College Boat Club

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Trinity College is the oldest residential college of the University of Melbourne. The college was founded in 1872 on a site which had been granted to the Church of England. It is one of the larger residential colleges at the university and houses approximately 270 students.


Situated to the north of the main university campus, Trinity's various ivy-clad stone buildings surround a large grassed area known as the "Bulpadok".


Trinity College was founded by the first Anglican Bishop of Melbourne, the Rt Revd Charles Perry, in 1872. The college was affiliated with the University of Melbourne in 1876. The Trinity College Theological School was founded in 1877.

With the establishment of the Trinity Women's Hostel (later to become Janet Clarke Hall) in 1886, Trinity admitted women as resident students, making it the first university college in Australia to do so.

In 1989 Trinity College Foundation Studies was established to prepare international students for entry to university courses. Foundation Studies caters to around 800 non-resident students annually. Some Foundation Studies students do take up residential membership at Trinity upon entry to Melbourne University.


The college's main buildings are as follows:
*1870: "Provost's Lodge", now the Leeper Building
*1878: Bishops' Building (named after Charles Perry and James Moorhouse, first and second Bishops of Melbourne)
*1880: Dining Hall
*1883-87: Clarke's Building
*1914-17: Horsfall Chapel
*1933: Behan Building (named after former warden John Clifford Valentine Behan)
*1958: The Memorial Building ("Jeopardy")
*1963-65: Cowan Building
*1995-96: Evan Burge Building
*2006-07: Gourlay Building ("Woodheap")

Student Club activities

The Trinity College Associated Clubs (TCAC) serves the resident members, also referred to as members of the Junior Common Room. The TCAC provides leadership for the annual Orientation Week program at the beginning of the year. The TCAC also facilitates a multitude of social events throughout the year. It also advocates students' interests and co-ordinates most resident student activities. The social, sporting, cultural and academic life of the college keeps most residents busy. Trinity has a unique system of Clubs and Societies. These run many different functions and events throughout the year and include the Wine Cellar, Billards Room, 'Beer Budlay', the Dialectic Society, Music Society, Environmental Committee, Dance Club, Arts Studio, Film Society, the Drama Club, the Informal Dining Society, the Games Society and many more. Trinity is presently the only Melbourne University college to produce both a musical and a play each year.

College sport

Trinity College participates in many different sports in intercollegiate competition, including Australian Rules football, rugby union, soccer, netball, hockey, athletics, swimming, volleyball, squash, tennis and badminton, amongst others. The college also has a particularly strong tradition in rowing. In these competitions (and in general), Trinity has developed a fierce rivalry with neighbouring colleges Ormond College and Queen's College. In 2006, Trinity won the intercollegiate trophy for men's sport, the Cowan Cup, and were runners up in the women's sport competition, The Holmes Shield. Trinity College again won the Cowan Cup in 2007.

Off-campus buildings of Trinity College Foundation Studies

These are buildings located beyond the main campus, occupied by Trinity College Foundation Studies staff and students.

*715 Swanston Street: Trinity occupies two floors of this building. It has two lecture theatres and tutorial rooms. The Swanston Street building serves as a 'student welfare precinct', with the Student Welfare Office, Student Counsellor, and Chaplaincy located in the lower ground floor. Departments with staff located here are: Examinations, Extended Programmes, Timetabling, Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, Economics, and Chemistry. A computer lab equipped with Apple G5 iMac computers with central-server printing can also be found here. The study area is often used for quiet study and lunch.

*199 Grattan Street: This is where Student Services is located. Student Services organises orientations and valedictories, and organises excursion during term breaks to locations such as Mount Baw Baw, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road and Sydney. The staff also prepare the weekly Trinity "Contact Bulletin". The student common room is equipped with a photocopier, table tennis table, vending machine and a photocopy card revaluing machine. The building also has a tutorial room and a drama room. A number of Drama staff are also located here.

*Foundation Studies Centre (FSC), 33-35 Royal Parade: The building has a number of tutorial rooms and a drama room. Literature, Drama and History of Ideas staff are located here. The building also has a student common room with sofas, tables and a kitchen for student use.

*29 Royal Parade: This is where most EAP (English for Academic Purposes) classes are held. It also houses most EAP teachers' offices.

*18-20 Lincoln Square North: This building has a drama room, a well-equipped Physics lab, a student computer lab and six tutorial rooms. Staff in Economics, Accounting, Environment & Development, Media & Communications, Psychology, Physics, Biology and Mathematics 2 have their offices here.

Choir and chapel

Trinity College has a choir which sings for services in the chapel. The choir also sings around Melbourne and tours internationally. They have made a number of radio broadcasts and CD recordings, including albums for ABC Classics.

Since 1956 the college has provided liturgical hospitality to a local Anglican congregation known as the [ Canterbury Fellowship.] Since May 2005 the college and the Canterbury Fellowship have agreed to share responsibility for Evensong in the college chapel, with the Choir of Trinity College singing during term and the Choir of the Canterbury Fellowship singing at all other times.


*1876–1918 Dr Alexander Leeper
*1918–1946 Sir John Clifford Valentine Behan
*1946–1964 Mr Ronald William Trafford Cowan
*1965–1973 Professor Robin Lorimer Sharwood, AM
*1974–1997 The Revd Dr Evan Laurie Burge
*1997–2006 Professor Donald John Markwell
*2007- The Revd Dr Andrew Brian McGowan

Distinguished alumni

Distinguished alumni include
*Sir Stanley Argyle (Victorian Premier, 1932-1935)
*Sir Rupert Hamer (Victorian Premier 1972-1981)
*The Right Hon Richard Gardiner Casey (Governor General 1965-1969)
*The Right Revd Dr Peter Hollingworth (Governor General 2001-2003)
*Botanist Adrienne Clarke (Lieutenant Governor of Victoria)
*Poet Michael Thwaites
*Historian Manning Clark
*Historian A.G.L. Shaw
*Lieutenant General Sir Edmund Herring (Chief Justice of Victoria 1944-1964)
*Lieutenant B.H.Ong (Charlie Coy, 2SIR, 3SIB, 3rd Division 1983-to date)
*Film Director Rob Sitch
*Actor Carrillo Gantner
*Scientist Derek Denton
*The Most Revd Dr Peter Carnley (Archbishop of Perth & Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia 2000-2005)
*The Most Revd Dr Philip Aspinall (Archbishop of Brisbane 2002-Present; Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia 2005-Present)
*Richard Larkins
*Sir Brian Inglis
*Thai social reformer Mechai Viravaidya
*Brian Loton AC
*Sir Roderick Carnegie
*Kay Maree Goldsworthy, first woman elected bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia

External links

* [ Trinity College]
* [ The Canterbury Fellowship]

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