Murmurings burbled among the several Melbourne Uni alumni inside London's City of Westminister Magistrates' Court when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange listed his address as "177 Grattan Street, Parkville".

Assange, who clearly meant "Carlton" (Parkville begins west of Royal Parade), initially refused to name an abode. But after consulting with his legal team, he fingered the modest terrace opposite the postgraduate centre and next door to the Lowitja Institute in the leafy education precinct.