VALE John Molony – September 2018
It is with great regret that I announce the passing on Sunday 16 September of Emeritus Professor John Molony, formerly Manning Clark Professor of Australian History and Head of the Department of History.Beginning his career at the Australian National University in the mid-1960s, John became one of Australia's finest historians, was the author of numerous important books on Australian and European History, and remained until the end a great friend to the School of History, the Australian Dictionary of Biography - for whom he was still a reader of all entries - and the ANU. Still active as a scholar in his nineties, John recently published a major work on James Cook and presented a superb paper at the 2018 Australian Historical Association Conference. Much more will be said in the days and weeks to come about John's many remarkable contributions to Australian life. Here, I record my condolences to John's family - which I have conveyed to his daughter, Justine - and my own gratitude for his great gift of friendship.
Professor Frank Bongiorno
Head, School of History