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Robert Blackwood Hall

Architect: Roy Grounds

Monash University | MU14

Designed by eminent architect, Sir Roy Grounds and named after Monash’s founding Chancellor, the iconic Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash Clayton has been the heart of cultural activity for the campus and surrounding community since its establishment in 1971. Acoustically, it ranks with the best concert halls in Australia and has been the venue for numerous commercial recordings for the ABC, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and various film scores. Comprising a 1,598-seat auditorium with raked stalls and a balcony, it is completed by the Sir Louis Matheson Pipe Organ, considered one of the finest instruments of its kind. The hall was built over a period of three years at a cost of $1.2 million, over half of which was raised by the Great Hall Committee, a local community group. The Hall was intended to support ceremonial functions and attract both local and international musical performers to Melbourne. A stained-glass window – created by Leonard French and named in honour of Australian industrialist and benefactor Sir Lindesay Clark – dominates the hall’s western wall and provides an iconic backdrop to the Forum landscape. Together, with the Faculty of Arts’ Performing Arts Centre, Alexander Theatre, Sound Gallery and Jazz Club (2019), the Robert Blackwood Hall forms part of the University’s worldclass Performing Arts Precinct.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Entry foyer, auditorium and stage

  • Tour Type: MU14

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, running for 20 minutes, in groups of 25

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Facilitated Access is provided. The location will be attended by trained staff and volunteers who will provide supervised access and are able to answer questions.

  • Year Built: 1971

  • 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 and courtesy of NDYLight


49 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC


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