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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

City of Melbourne | C19

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons building is located on a triangular area of land reserved for the National School Board in 1852. The Model School, built between 1854 and 1856 to a design by Arthur E Johnson, was the first building to occupy the site. It was demolished in 1933 to make way for the new college. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons building was designed in the Neo-Grecian style by Leighton Irwin and Roy Stephenson and built by JC Taylor in 1934. It was opened in 1935 as the Australasian headquarters of the College. The monumental building on a prominent site and visible from all sides has had various sympathetic alterations and additions. The building sits on a sandstone plinth and is constructed of brown bricks set in a Flemish bond with bands of black header courses. An elongated pedimented sandstone portico, with square shaft columns, enhances the unusually tall façade. The cost of the portico was the gift of Sir AE Rowden White. The pavilion design places the structure in a garden setting, somewhat similar to the Model School it replaced. The brickwork has been designed to form subtle horizontal bands and recessed panels. The windows, with their small panes and fine architraves are also formed into vertical panels to balance the brickwork bands. The west and east wing at the rear of the College were added in 1964 and 2003 respectively.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 9am - 4pm - Booking required for this building

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Hughes Room, Council Room and heritage rooms in the south wing.

  • Tour Type: C19

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 9am, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 15.

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1934, 1965, 2003

  • Transport: Tram stop 10: Albert St/Nicholson St on routes 35, 86 and 96


250-290 Spring Street East Melbourne 3002, VIC


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