Vale – John Molony

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Emeritus Professor John Molony: After many years as a Catholic priest, John Molony began his academic career at the Australian National University in the mid-1960s, becoming one of Australia’s most respected historians, Manning Clark Professor of Australian History and Head of the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts. He was a superb teacher and a major contributor to the Canberra and Australian communities across a range of fields that included refugee rights and welfare, politics, Australian Rules football and the Catholic Church. He was the author of numerous important and influential books on Australian history and biography – including highly successful works on Ned Kelly and Eureka – but John also published in Italian, British and Irish history as well as writing two volumes of memoir.  He remained until the end a great friend to the School of History at the Australian National University, including the Australian Dictionary of Biography, for which he was still a reader of all entries. 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. John’s funeral was on Friday 21 September at St Vincent de Paul, Aranda, ACT.

Frank Bongiorno, Head, School of History, The Australian National University