A.C.V. Melbourne

A.C.V. Melbourne

Name: A.C.V. Melbourne

Epoch: Early 20th Century (the \'Long Early Twentieth Century\')

Grouping Field: Humanities (Ideas Formatted as Ideas) and Social Science (Models)

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°28\'38.1\"S 153°01\'44.2\"E

Years At Location: 1913-1943

One Historical Setting: Assoc. Prof. Alexander Clifford Vernon Melbourne, Department of History and Economics, University of Queensland Old, George Street, Brisbane City (1931)

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A.C.V. Melbourne was an Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Queensland.

Impact On Brisbane Society

A.C.V. Melbourne was an academic historian who rose to the position of Associate Professor, who did not secure further positions in spite of his exceptional work for constitutional and commonwealth history in Queensland. A Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fellowship in 1928-1930 enabled Melbourne to study under A. P. Newton, Rhodes Professor in imperial history at the University of London. Melbourne delivered the John Murtagh Macrossan lecture in 1932 on William Charles Wentworth (Brisbane, 1934) and produced his classic study, Early Constitutional Development in Australia (Oxford, 1934). He published his Report on Australian Intercourse with Japan and China (Brisbane, 1932) after the University of Queensland senate sent him to Japan and China in 1931-32. Melbourne was the Queensland government representative on the Queensland and Federal advisory committees on Eastern trade (chairman of both in 1933-1935). He compiled a Report on a Visit to the Universities of China and Japan (Brisbane, 1936) after a second trip to East Asia in 1936. He was a frequent and fine public lecturer and broadcaster.

Melbourne was invited by Premier A. E. Moore to submit a scheme which would ensure reintroduction of a second chamber into the Queensland parliament. Melbourne’s proposal was placed before Moore’s party but nothing came of it.


Malcolm I. Thomis, ‘Melbourne, Alexander Clifford Vernon (1888–1943)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/melbourne-alexander-clifford-vernon-7552/text13177, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 18 December 2017;

Gregory, Helen. Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940, University of Queensland Library, St. Lucia Qld, 1987.

Malcolm I Thomis, A Place of Light & Learning: the University of Queensland’s first seventy-five years, University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld, 1985.

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Alexander Clifford Vernon Melbourne 1888-1943. State Library of Queensland