(a) Australian slang. The University of Melbourne. Now historical.
Cf. earlier use with reference to other colleges or universities in quots. 1833 and 1847 at sense A. 6a.
1876 Daily Tel. (Melbourne) 24 Apr. These medicos are jolly fellows in their way, but it is notorious that they are the hardest drinkers, the greatest smokers, and the rowdiest men in the shop.
1889 Centennial Mag. 2 iii. 218 It related how ‘a medical student came up to the Shop’ as a freshman, and ‘thought through exams. he would speedily pop’.
1918 G. Wall Lett. of Airman 15 I would be quite glad to get the Shop exam results.
1964 G. Johnston My Brother Jack 260 The years at the Shop gave me nothing except a worthless B.A. and the privilege of being thrown into the University lake.
2006 J. Thompson Patrician & Bloke v. 128 At ‘the Shop’, as the university [of Melbourne] was known, he was a member of the Students' Union Board of Management.
(b) Army slang. The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Now historical.
[RMA Woolwich was commonly known as ‘The Shop’ because its first building was a converted workshop of the Woolwich Arsenal.]
1887 Illustr. Naval & Mil. Mag. 1 Feb. 104/1 A military educational establishment situated at the top of Woolwich Common, familiarly known as ‘The Shop’.
1899 R. Kipling Stalky & Co. 199 They're goin' up for Sandhurst, or the Shop, in less than a year.
1978 G. M. Fraser Flashman at Charge 110 We treated each other decently, and weren't one jot more incompetent than this Sandhurst-and-Shop crowd.
2002 Times (Nexis) 23 Jan. Lanyon was almost certainly the last senior under-officer at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, when ‘The Shop’ closed on the outbreak of war.