Hidden treasures of the University

24 January 2014

Evidence of our University's long history surrounds us in the form of buildings across our campuses, yet our surroundings still hold many secrets, as revealed in an SBS report this week.

For nearly 100 years, two-storey-high stained-glass windows (pictured) have been hidden behind a brick wall in the Anderson Stuart Building on Eastern Avenue, with only a small glimpse visible from the male bathroom.

In 2012, Professor Jonathan Stone from the School of Medical Sciences led the effort to remove the walls and bathroom to reveal the six highly detailed glass panels, which depict medical pioneers such as Richard Bright and Edward Jenner. Watch the SBS report.

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Learn more about the conservation activities that maintain the history of our University grounds.