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Geoffrey Serle Geoffrey Serle i(A19553 works by) (a.k.a. Alan Geoffrey Serle)
Also writes as: G. Serle
Born: Established: 10 Mar 1922 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 27 Apr 1998 Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

'... In the year of Serle's birth, Henry Lawson died and Melbourne University Press was founded. Schooled at Scotch College, Serle proceeded in 1941 to the University of Melbourne, where he read history. He suspended his studies and enlisted in the Melbourne University Regiment on 13 October 1941; he transferred to the Australian Imperial Force on 15 September 1942; during his thirty-two months service he was seriously wounded in action at Finschhafen, New Guinea. Discharged from the army on 7 June 1944, he resumed his undergraduate course, and numbered Max Crawford, Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark among his mentors. Serle joined the Labour Club, helped to found the Victorian Fabian Society and co-edited (with Ken Gott) Melbourne University Magazine. After completing his B.A.(Hons) degree in 1946, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and entered University College, Oxford, where he graduated D.Phil, in 1950. He returned to the University of Melbourne, taught Australian history there and, from 1961, at Monash University, and edited (1955-63) Historical Studies Australia and New Zealand. On 12 January 1955 he married Jessie Macdonald, who became an art historian; they were to have a daughter, Oenone, and three sons, Donald, Jamie and Richard.' (Source : Obituaries Australia)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

1970-1971 winner Ernest Scott Prize for The rush to be rich : a history of the colony of Victoria, 1883‐1889

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon John Monash Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1982 Z1065873 1982 single work biography
1982 winner National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
1982 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
y separately published work icon From Deserts the Prophets Come : The Creative Spirit in Australia 1788-1972 Melbourne : Heinemann , 1973 Z185936 1973 single work criticism

'In the early 1970s, Geoffrey Serle presented a series of groundbreaking lectures on Australian cultural history. These lectures became the book From Deserts the Prophets Come, first published in 1973. Serle relates in his preface to the original edition, "I was aiming to cut a new path for teaching and research in Australian history, to bring cultural history into the general discourse of Australian historians, and to bridge the gap between general history and the major works in literary, art, musical, and architectural history which have appeared in recent years." Serle's articulation of the particular relations between the arts, politics, economics, and society within Australia, and what he called his "rudimentary attempt at a theory of cultural growth," remain important.' (Source 2013 edition)

1974 second National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
y separately published work icon Australian Dictionary of Biography Melbourne London New York (City) : Melbourne University Press Cambridge University Press , 1966- Z1461268 1966- reference biography

'The Australian Dictionary of Biography is a national, co-operative enterprise, founded and maintained by the Australian National University (ANU), as a project that fulfils one of the original purposes of the university.'

Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography website, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/
Sighted: 21/01/2007

1966-1967 winner Ernest Scott Prize for  Vols. 1 & 2
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