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|University||University of Melbourne & University of Divinity|
|Location||271 Royal Parade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Motto in English||For justice|
|Named for||W.T. Whitley|
|Website||Whitley College website|
Whitley College is one of the twelve residential colleges of the University of Melbourne and also one of the eleven theological colleges of the University of Divinity. Unlike most colleges, Whitley College was not located on College Crescent but is placed slightly further north at 271 Royal Parade, Victoria, Australia. Unlike most other colleges associated with the university (the other exception being Trinity College), Whitley College is both a residential college and a theological school associated with the Baptist Union of Victoria and accredited by the University of Divinity. Whitley is also known for its motto "Equipping leaders for a different world."
Whitley College was established in 1891 at the Collins Street Baptist Church. W.T. Whitley was invited to come to Melbourne from England to take up the position of Principal. He remained Principal for the next ten years.
In 1959, the Baptist Union of Victoria began work on a new building for the college and agreed to become an affiliated college of the University of Melbourne. The college is now one of 12 residential colleges associated with the University of Melbourne. In 1975, Whitley and the Stirling Theological College established the Evangelical Theological Association, which was accredited until 2005. Whitley and Stirling now are separate colleges of the University of Divinity. Theological courses are taught in a separate wing of the college, which forms part of the University of Divinity. This is a university of specialisation which offers programs in theological and ministry studies, ranging from diploma-level through to doctoral research.
The Geoffrey Blackburn Library at Whitley was built in 2001 and contains approximately 30,000 theological books. It also contains the Boreham Collection, which includes books by and about Frank W. Boreham, as well as items from his personal collection.
School of World Mission
The School of World Mission was established in 1988 by Whitley College and World Vision Australia. SWM was located at Whitley College and taught practical ministry and mission courses and integrated biblical theology with social sciences. The School of World Mission is now closed.
Living at Whitley
With a total 130 residents, Whitley College is one of the smaller colleges affiliated with the University of Melbourne. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in experience and comfort. It is said that rural students thrive in the environment of Whitley, living and learning alongside students from all over the globe.
Life at Whitley College provides a vast academic, sporting, cultural and social opportunities within a supportive community.
- Tim Costello - CEO of World Vision Australia and former President of the Baptist Union of Australia
- Rowan Downing QC - President United Nations Dispute Tribunal, UN-appointed judge, Khmer Rouge War Crimes Tribunal, Cambodia & Justice, Court of Appeal, Vanuatu
- Steve Vizard - television personality, lawyer, comedian, producer and writer