The University of Melbourne approved changing the name of Medley Hall to Wilham Hall.

Advocacy by current and former indigenous students and alumni, support from Medley Hall Advisory Group, University leaders, donors and friends, and an 18-month consultation process strengthened the case for change.

Wilham means ‘home’ in the Woi Wurrung language and reflects the College’s ethos — community, inclusivity, diversity, and connection to the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung lands. The name was gifted by a Senior Elder of the Wurundjeri and Wandoon People.

Moving to the new name involves truth-telling — it is not about erasing history, but making a more accurate account. The college was named after Sir John Medley, former Vice-Chancellor of the university of Melbourne (from 1938-1951). In addition to his progressive work in education, Sir John Medley was a member of the Eugenics Society in Victory at a time when some academics within the University endorsed and promoted eugenicist policies that targeted and marginalised groups, including First Nations people. The association with eugenics deeply impacted and caused pain to many students.

Now Wilham Hall can create a new history — one that respects First Nations voices, recognises historical truths, and creates an inclusive culture for all.

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