Gordon Greenwood

Gordon Greenwood

Name: Gordon Greenwood

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\'48.1\"S 153°00\'50.7\"E

Years At Location: 1949-1982

One Historical Setting: Prof. Gordon Greenwood, Department of History, University of Queensland, St Lucia (1949)

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Gordon Greenwood was Professor of Modern History at the University of Queensland from 1949 to 1982. He was Head of the Department of History from 1949 to 1978.

Impact On Brisbane Society

Gordon Greenwood arrived in Brisbane, from Sydney, as the McCaughey Professor of History at the University of Queensland in 1949. Greenwood was the Federal President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs from 1961 to 1965. He founded the Australian Journal of Politics and History in 1955 and edited it until 1982. Greenwood represented Australia at Commonwealth and United Nations conferences. Greenwood was a member (1950) of the Social Science Research Council of Australia and then fellow (1971) of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was also a member of the Australian Humanities Research Council (1956) and fellow (1969) of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was a difficult character in the University of Queensland community for his drinking and god-professor attitudes, but Greenwood was greatly respected for taking the history discipline in Queensland out of its shallow provincialism. He died on 4 November 1986 in South Brisbane.


W. Ross Johnston, ‘Greenwood, Gordon (1913–1986)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/greenwood-gordon-12563/text22617, published first in hardcopy 2007, accessed online 26 June 2019.

Crook, D. P. (David Paul); Greenwood, Gordon. Questioning the Past: a Selection of Papers in History and Government, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld, 1972.

Derrick, Helen. Gordon Greenwood: the Early Years (1913 to 1931): an Autobiography of the Early Life of Gordon Greenwood, Helen Derrick, Sherwood, Qld, 2013.

Greenwood, Gordon; Wilkinson, Peter; Derrick, Helen. Confessions of the Unrepentant, Helen Derrick, Sherwood Qld, 2012.

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

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

Image Citation

Professor Gordon Greenwood and His Wife Thora (nee Smeal) at the Lord Mayor’s Ball, Brisbane City Hall, Wednesday, 10 March 1954. Accession number: 87-2-1. Capitol Studios. (2005). State Library of Queensland