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Ramsay Centre moves into Macquarie Street


The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has leased a heritage building for its new headquarters, through Colliers International.  The Centre has signed a five-year lease for 403sqm of commercial office space at 171-173 Macquarie Street in the CBD.

The new Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, formally launched on Monday November 20, seeks to reinvigorate the teaching of arts and humanities in Australian universities by promoting a deeper understanding of Western civilisation and its contribution to Australia’s freedoms and prosperity.

The Centre was established in accordance with the wishes of Paul Ramsay, the founder of Ramsay Health Care, who passed away in 2014.   It will work with selected universities to create a Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) degree that gives students the opportunity to study the great works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, music, art, sculpture, and architecture that have been most influential in shaping our civilisation.

 “This is a unique institution celebrating the greatest achievements of Western culture and as such as we wanted to find a space which represented these values,” said Tom Buxton, Director of Office Leasing at Colliers International. 

“171-173 Macquarie Street was originally a row of 6 elegant houses built in 1842, with this remaining pair conserved today. However, the interior space is not heritage listed meaning occupiers are able to design their own fit out as they wish. The property underwent a full internal refurbishment with new air conditioning and bathrooms, and boasts an outdoor terrace and pleasant aspect over Macquarie Street and to the Botanic Gardens.”

“Traditionally, Macquarie Street between Bent Street and Martin Place is the meeting place of governance, law, the arts, enterprise and leadership.”

“This special location overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful harbourside gardens, opposite Australia’s oldest Parliament and adjacent to the financial CBD is quite remarkable. The property adjoins the Australian Club and Wyoming, another heritage building of outstanding significance.”

Chief Executive Professor Simon Haines said, “The Centre will offer up to 60 Ramsay Scholarships each year for undergraduate students who demonstrate academic brilliance and leadership potential to study the new degree. We’ll also offer national Ramsay Scholarships for postgraduate study with a clear connection to Western civilisation, at prestigious universities abroad. There will also be summer schools each year open to high school students.”


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