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Geoffrey Bolton

Geoffrey BoltonRemember Geoffrey Bolton with a gift to the next generation of historians

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO (1931-2015) has been one of the most iconic and influential figures in Murdoch’s history.  On the 21 February 2017, Her Excellency, the Hon. Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia and Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen dedicated the Geoffrey Bolton Library as a lasting memorial to Prof Bolton’s contributions to Australian history and his service to Murdoch University. The Geoffrey Bolton Fund has been established with a gift from the Bolton family to provide grants to young scholars to pursue historical research and education. Colleagues, former students and friends are invited to make a donation in Geoffrey’s honour online or by returning the attached form.

About the Geoffrey Bolton Fund

Throughout his career, Professor Bolton was deeply committed to fostering students’ interest in Australian history and encouraging the highest levels of historical research and scholarship. We are honoured that Professor Bolton’s family has made a generous gift to establish the Geoffrey Bolton Fund to continue his legacy of encouraging and developing historians. It is the Bolton family’s wish that monies for the Geoffrey Bolton Fund will be distributed over a ten-year period to make meaningful and strategic grants to support the development of early career history scholars at Murdoch University.

The Geoffrey Bolton Fund may provide funds to support early career historians in two ways:

  1. An annual research grant of $2000-$5000 to support original historical research, especially travel to conduct or review primary source material, or
  2. Strategic grants of $10,000 or more to support fellowships or exchanges that encourage new ideas and relationships that will significantly impact and improve the quality of historical scholarship at Murdoch.

The Murdoch University Foundation welcomes gifts of any size to support the Geoffrey Bolton Fund. We thank you for your support of future historians following in Professor Bolton’s footsteps.

About Geoffrey Bolton

Professor Bolton's long and distinguished association with Murdoch University began with his appointment to the Murdoch University Planning Board (1970-73) making him an inaugural member of the governing body of the University. Professor Bolton was among the first members appointed to the University Senate serving three terms – from 1973-1976, again in 1999-2002, and from 2002-2006. He served as the Chancellor of Murdoch University in this final term. Additionally, Professor Bolton was appointed Murdoch University's Foundation Professor of History in the School of Social Inquiry in 1973, a position he held until 1989. Professor Bolton has twice been awarded an honorary degree by the University. In 1995 he was awarded a Doctor of the University and in 2000 a Doctor of Letters.

Professor Bolton was one of Australia’s most pre-eminent historians, with more than a dozen books published about Australia and the Commonwealth. Professor Bolton was the recipient of several prestigious awards including Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1984 in recognition of distinguished service of a high degree to Australia for his services to education. In 2001, he was presented with a Centenary Medal for services to the Centenary of Federation celebrations in Western Australia. In recognition of his major contribution to Australian history and the community, Professor Bolton was named the WA Australian of the Year in 2006.

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