1991-2007 Deakin University

Melbourne Campus at Toorak
In 1992, Victoria College amalgamated with Deakin University, Stonington becoming the Toorak Campus of the newly-expanded Deakin University.

During the 1990s, Deakin undertook an extensive restoration program of the Stonington Mansion. Upon reopening, the Mansion played host to the City of Stonnington's Federation Fair on 9 December 2001 which attracted hundreds of visitors on the day including then Victorian Governor Mr John Landy.

Federation fair flyer
The day included guided tours, a variety of entertainment, historical exhibitions, sporting activities and lunch on the Mansion's lawns. The Federation Fair was part of Australia's celebration of the Centenary of Federation of that year.

The Melbourne Campus at Toorak was home to the offices of Deakin International and the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI). The Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, which provides courses in the areas of commerce, computing and mass communication to both local and international students, was also located here.

Melbourne Campus at Toorak
A focal point of the Campus was the historic Stonington Mansion, and its surrounding traditional gardens. The Stonington Stables Museum of Art, which housed the University's contemporary art collection, was also located at the Campus in the original stables buildings.

Facilities at the Melbourne Campus at Toorak included a cafeteria, student association offices, student support facilities, student lounge, tennis court, childcare centre and a 300-seat Stonington performance theatre.

 Stonington mansion
The Campus has appeared and been used in various films and documentaries over the years, including the 2004 Australian film, Ned Kelly, starring actors Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush.

Deakin University continued to operate this site as one of its Campuses until December 2007. The property was sold in 2006 with settlement in 2008.

 Stonington museum sign

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

26th November 2009