Graeme Davison

Emeritus Prof

  • Emeritus Sir John Msh Distinguished Prof, History
1979 …2017

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Personal profile


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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions