Urbanization and suburbanization in Melbourne
Two lectures in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies (SABES), of University of Melbourne

On the first day of visit, colleagues of the department gave two lectures on the following topics:

  • Natural History of the Melbourne region
  • History of Melbourne as a Settlement

The lectures gave students an opportunity to learn about the natural history and geography of Melbourne, as well as how it developed. Students also visited the facilities of the department and the university. Colleagues and students of the department entertained all participants, which was highly amusing.

Figure 1: Department of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies
Self-paced city tour
Students were given the chance to explore the downtown area of Melbourne, including walking around the streets and taking the public transport. In Melbourne, one of the most popular means of transport is the City Tram. During the visit, students could easily see European influences on street scene.
Figure 2: Street Scene in Melbourne Figure 3: In Melbourne's City Tram
Figure 4: City Tram
Figure 5: Elizabeth Street at Night
Rialto Tower
Rialto Tower is the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the southern hemisphere, which is a linked, two tower development. The building comprises 55 floors in the South Tower and 40 in the North Tower, and there are five levels of underground car parking, an observation deck and a rooftop communication centre.

Rialto Tower is a member of the elite World Federation of Great Towers. The Rialto Tower Observation Deck is located on Level 55. It has access through an exclusive entrance, and it provides a venue to entertain interstate and international visitors either in a function room or on a more casual basis in the cafe/bar.


Figure 6: Main Entrance of Rialto Tower Figure 7: Panoramic View from Rialto Tower
Visits to suburbs and local families
Guided by postgraduate students of our host, participants split into 3 groups and visited the hometown of the postgraduate students.

In the visits the characteristics of the suburbs and the process of suburbanization were study topics. Students compared the life styles in the suburbs and the city center and met local people of the places visited.

Figure 8: One group took trains to visit Box Hill
Figure 9: Street Scene of Box Hill
Figure 10: Local House in Box Hill
Figure 11: To Protect the Whole Community, Citizens Set up a Neighbourhood Watch Area
Figure 12: Students in Williamstown  




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