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University of Melbourne, Melbourne Connect: Cultural Collection


The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Cultural Collection stretches back to the commencement of the teaching of engineering at the University of Melbourne. Some of the oldest pieces in the collection include two transit telescopes dating from the 1850s were used by Professor William Wilson, the founder of the engineering course, to teach astronomy and surveying in the 1860s and 1870s. A set of German kinematic models was acquired by Professor William Kernot from the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, and used to demonstrate mechanical principles to his students.

What's On

Join a guided tour led by Richard Gillespie, curator of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Cultural Collection, who will share amazing historical and recent cutting-edge inventions.

Images: (1) Kernot Window Display, Melbourne Connect Office of the Dean. (2) Budj Bim Eel Trap Display, Melbourne Connect Office of the Dean. Images supplied.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 July
Tours run 9.30am, 11.30am, 1pm
All tours run for 30 minutes. No bookings required.

Tours commence from Level 7 of Melbourne Connect.

You can view the cultural collections freely without a tour from 9.30am-3pm.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Accessible bathroom
Fully wheelchair accessible


700 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053


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