Fred Schonell

Fred Schonell

Name: Fred Schonell

Epoch: Late 20th Century

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

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°29\'53.6\"S 153°00\'42.2\"E

Years At Location: 1950-1960

One Historical Setting: Sir (Prof.) Fred Joyce Schonell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland, Circular Road, John Story Building, St. Lucia (1965)

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Sir Fred Schonell was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland (1960-1969). Schonell became Foundation Professor of Education at the University of Queensland in 1950. The Schonells lived in Indooroopilly.

Impact On Brisbane Society

Before coming to Brisbane, with Eleanor, Fred Schonell was Professor of Education at the University College of Swansea, University of Wales, where it is said he rejuvenated the department. Fred Schonell was the inaugural fellow (1960-1969) of the Australian College of Education, and an honorary fellow of both the Australian and British Psychological societies. He was a member of Sir Leslie Martin’s ground-breaking committee on the future of tertiary education in Australia (1961-1965). Fred was also a founding member (1954) of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, and a director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Eleanor and Fred Schonell were leaders in the Queensland Spastic Children’s Welfare League. As Vice-Chancellor, Fred advocated an increase in the proportion of females in the student body, and proposed that a film be made about university education for screening in high schools around the State. During his nine year tenure, the university grew from 7,000 to 15,000 students. Eleanor Schonell was a doctoral graduate in the field at the University of Birmingham, and with her husband produced standardized ways to test children’s academic attainment.


John Elkins, ‘ ‘Schonell, Sir Fred Joyce (1900–1969)’ and ‘Schonell, Florence Eleanor (1902–1962)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 3 November 2017. This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (MUP), 2002.

Clarke, Eddie; Watson, Tom. (ed.) Soldiers of the Service, Volume 3: Mid Twentieth Century Queensland Educators, History of Queensland Education Society, QUT Printing Services, 2006.

Schonell, Fred J. (Joyce); Schonell, F. Eleanor. ‘The Slow Learning Child,’ Australian Journal on the Education of Backward children, Vol. 9, No.3, March 1963.

Unnamed. (ed.) Summary of Lectures and Seminars given in Sydney by Professor Schonell during September 1948, New South Wales. Department of Education, Division of Research, Guidance and Adjustment, 1949.

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Fred Schonell. Archive: University of Queensland. []