Our Accomplishments

Marcus Oldham College has made some wonderful changes within the college to its courses and facilities.

1962 Marcus Oldham opens its doors (14 students in Farm Management)
1963 Completion of East Wing
1974 Purchase of McDowall’s Property
1979 First Horse Business Management Course and first female students
1981 James Darling Resources Centre Library, Administration and Printing rooms incorporated
1983 McCann Stables developed
1984 Student Facility developed
  • College Foundation established
  • $1.3 million raised in the inaugural fundraising campaign 
  • Arthur Beggs Centre developed
  • Indoor Riding Arena expanded
1990 Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Wing student residence opened
  • Introduction of Agribusiness course
  • William Buckland Wing developed including additional lecture room and staff offices
1994 Law-Smith Wing developed for additional residences
1999 Introduction of Farm Business Management Degree
2000 Building for Excellence Campaign Launched
2002 Equine facilities gain seven new horse paddock shelters 
2003 Student Financial Assistance Program launched
  • Foundation launches the Oldham Society bequest program   
  • Refurbishment of 1961-built residential accommodation, toilet and shower block  
  • The launch of the Dr Alastair Mackenzie Wool Industry Scholarship Fund
  • Dining Room refurbished 
  • Completion of the refurbishment of residential accommodation (constructed in 1961)
  • Completion of toilet and shower block refurbishment (constructed in 1961)
  • Dining Room refurbishment
  • Development of distance education programs
  • Building for Excellence campaign concludes, $1.4 million raised
  • Computer centre expanded
  • The Jubilee $3 million Campaign launched
  • Foundation raises $300,000 for two lecture rooms, and classrooms in the Buckland Wing Extension  
  • Inaugural Foundation annual Golf Day held at Moonah Links 
  • National Jockeys Trust and Marcus Oldham Equine Facilities Project funded 
  • Foundation Golf Day at Eynesbury raises $75,000 for the Dining Room re-development 
  • Centre for the Study of Rural Australia launched 
  • Refurbishment of original (1962) lecture rooms and student/staff courtyard 
  • Opening of Ivo Dean Centre (Dining room and function centre) and landscaping of courtyard 
  • Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Stable Complex opened 
  • The opening of upgraded James Darling Resources Centre 
  • Philip Myer and his family donate Murradoc Farm, Drysdale. The new campus is named after Philip’s mother, Prudence Myer and the Learning Centre after his grandfather Douglas Boyd. The gift is worth $3.8million. 
  • The William Buckland Foundation donates $1.2million towards our Entrubiz Program 
  • Foundation Golf Day raises $36,000, for the Marcus Oldham Student Scholarship fund  
  • Social Room challenge raises $300,000 for the Student Recreational Hub project 
  • Student Recreational Hub opens. It includes tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, small gym, club room and landscaped gardens. 
  • Plans announced to build state-of-the-art Learning Centre
  • Learning Centre $10 million fundraising campaign launched 
  • Building begins on The Learning Centre 
  • Official opening of the Douglas Boyd Learning Centre
  • Victorian Government $2.5 million grant for new student residence
  • Opening of the new 30 Bed Accommodation Wing (The Baillieu Wing)
  • 45-bed accommodation wing $10 million fundraising campaign launched


The Learning Centre

Marcus Oldham’s bold ambition is to build a modern heart to the College. A state of the art Learning Centre providing a range of dynamic learning spaces and the ability to connect educators, students, graduates and business leaders around the world.

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