The University of Melbourne (informally Melbourne Uni) is a public university founded in 1853. It is the second oldest university in Australia and the oldest in Victoria. The main campus is located in Parkville. The university also has several other campuses located across Victoria.
The University of Melbourne consistently ranks among the best universities in Australia and the world. In Australia, the university is the second largest research organisation after the CSIRO. The university has over 35,000 students, who are supported by just over 7,300 staff members.
The University of Melbourne Archives collects, manages and provides access to the historical records of the University, Victorian business, trade unions and other labour organisations, community and cultural organisations, as well as the personal papers of many individuals prominent within them. Records date back to the first years of the colony of Victoria up until the present-day and cover a very wide field of endeavour. The Archives were established in 1960 and to date hold some 15 kilometres of records.
The university also houses the Grainger Museum, which is open five afternoons a week. Admission free.