The official motto of the University of Melbourne is Postera crescam laude – loosely “We shall grow in the esteem of future generations”. It is a highly accurate description of the university’s mission, which has always been to “civilise”. Insofar as ‘civilising’ means maintaining the privileges of the privileged classes generationally, it has succeeded beyond all expectations in Melbourne.
The children of the great and good study here, and send their own children in turn, and thus maintain the conservative not-at-all-Freemasonic hegemony over Melbourne that they see as their birthright. This they have done for 160 years and more, and will do for another 160. Perhaps the most important skill taught at Melbourne University is how to quickly and painlessly absorb the nouveau riche into the ranks of the more traditionally monied, a lesson learned the hard way when the influx of gold rush money threatened to upend the distribution of wealth in the 1870s and 1880s.
Since then, the University of Melbourne has never looked back. They have sought every advantage and surrendered them with much resistance and polite ill grace. Melbourne was the custodian of Australia’s first (and for many years, sole) connection to the internet in the 1990s, and eventually lost it only because the free market orthodoxy it teaches turned out to have no loyalty to the old school tie.
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