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Religious Centre

Architect: Mockridge, Stahle & Mitchell

Monash University | MU32

Opened in 1968 – and in keeping with the modern, pluralist character of the University itself – the Religious Centre at Monash Clayton combines an ecumenical chaplaincy centre and a ‘collegiate library’. The centre’s objective is to bring together “the various religious groups in one place”. Designed by John Mockridge of the firm Mockridge Stahle and Mitchell, its circular shape was seen as a symbol of unity, eternity and ecumenical feeling. The building’s centrepiece is the circular Large Chapel with seating for 450 people. The Chapel has a raised area and altar to the north and a prominent centre aisle leading from large processional doors. A collection of 20 stained-glass windows designed by Les Kossatz are set into its walls, and are arranged in an abstract design without religious symbolism. Surrounding the Chapel is a corridor with a number of vestries radiating from it. Among these, is the rectangular Small Chapel, which seats 50 people and features windows designed by Leonard French. The Religious Centre is significant as a reflection of the early ecumenical movement in Victoria, and was the first such centre to be realised in Australia. Today, it is used for services, weddings, christenings, funerals, memorials, private prayer and seminars.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Chapel

  • Tour Details: Chaplains and volunteers will be on hand to provide information

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 1967

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Rhiannon Slatter

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

38 Exhibition Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC

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