Graeme Davison

Emeritus Prof

  • Emeritus Sir John Msh Distinguished Prof, History
19972017
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Biography

Graeme Davison was born in Melbourne and educated at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and at the Australian National University. He has taught at the University of Melbourne and from 1982 to 2005 was Professor of History at Monash University. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Edinburgh, ANU, Tübingen and King’s College, London. His books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne (1978 and 2004), The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia Learned to Tell the Time (1994), The Use and Abuse of Australian  History (2000), Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered our Cities (2004) and University Unlimited: The Monash Story (2012) (with Kate Murphy). He was also a co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Australian History. His most recent publications are Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia’s Golden Age (2015), Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities (2015) (with Renate Howe and David Nichols) and City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia (2016). He is a former President of the Australian Historical Association, Chairman of the Heritage Council of Victoria, a Fellow of the Australian Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities, and a prominent advisor and commentator on museums, heritage and urban policy. In 2011 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia. 

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Projects 2004 2006

The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online and Emerging National Information Systems: Networking Research Capability

Davison, G., Brown, N., Buckridge, P., Garton, S., Griffiths, T., Horner, D., Jalland, P., Langmore, D., Macintyre, S., Mackinnon, A., McCalman, J., McCarthy, G. & Roe, J.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University

1/01/0631/12/06

Project: Research

The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Enhancement Project: Additional Search and Greater Interoperability for the ADB Online.

Davison, G., Buckridge, P., Carment, D., Garton, S., Griffiths, T., Horner, D., Jalland, P., Macintyre, S., Mackinnon, A., McCalman, J., Roe, J. & Stannage, C.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University

1/01/0531/12/05

Project: Research

Powerhouse Museum History

Davison, G.

1/06/041/05/05

Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2017

Ken Inglis: threads of influence

Davison, G. J., 2017, In : History Australia. 14, 4, p. 516-529 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

"Suburb is not a rude word in Australia": A lexical history

Davison, G. J., 2017, What's in a name?: Talking about Urban Peripheries. Harris, R. & Vorms, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Toronto OH USA: University of Toronto Press, p. 68-88 21 p. (Global Suburbanisms).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Yarning in the street: The evolution of Australian public history

Davison, G. J., 2017, A Historian for all Seasons: Essays for Geoffrey Bolton. Macintyre, S., Layman, L. & Gregory, J. (eds.). Clayton Victoria Australia: Monash University Publishing, p. 71-96 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia

Davison, G., 2016, Sydney NSW Australia: NewSouth Publishing. 314 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Shaping Melbourne

Davison, G. J., 2016, Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960. Broome, R., Barnden, R., Garden, D., Gibb, D., Jackson, E. & Smart, J. (eds.). Melbourne VIC Australia: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, p. 14-16 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other