UWA Campus Walks
The University of Western Australia was established in 1911 as the state’s first university and the first free university in the British Empire and actively promoted equal access for all social classes.
Classes commenced at a temporary site on Irwin Street in the city with 184 students. Following the end of the WWI, the university developed quickly and the move to the Crawley site commenced in 1925 with the construction of Winthrop Hall, Hackett Hall and the administration buildings completed in 1932 thanks to a bequest from the estate of Sir John Winthrop Hackett who was instrumental in the university’s development.
One of the original Irwin Street buildings remains on the site overlooking the James Oval and serving as the Convocation Council Room, Archives Office and Cricket Pavilion.
Join UWA Historical Society guides on a tour of this historic and beautiful campus starting at Shenton House, the first building constructed on the Crawley Campus, to Winthrop Hall, Whitfeld Court and the Arts building with its resident peacocks.
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