Davis McCaughey

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Davis McCaughey
AC
23rd Governor of Victoria
In office
18 February 1986 – 22 April 1992
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Brian Murray
Succeeded by Richard McGarvie
Personal details
Born John Davis McCaughey
(1914-07-12)12 July 1914
Belfast, Ireland
Died 25 March 2005(2005-03-25) (aged 90)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s) Jean McCaughey
Religion Christian (Uniting Church)

John Davis McCaughey AC (12 July 1914 – 25 March 2005) was a Bible scholar, Christian minister, university administrator and the Governor of Victoria from 1986 to 1992.

Working life[edit]

McCaughey was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1941 and during the next decade he also worked for the British Council of Churches.[1]

In 1953 the McCaughey family emigrated to Australia for him to become the Professor of New Testament Studies for the Theological Hall at Ormond College, University of Melbourne.[2]

He was Master of Ormond between 1957 and 1979. He served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne in 1978 and 1979. He was also involved in the foundation of La Trobe University in the mid-1960s.[3]

Uniting Church in Australia[edit]

McCaughey was a key architect in the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia, which brought together many congregations of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Congregational Union of Australia. He was the primary author behind the Basis of Union, the foundational theological document which led to the formation of the new denomination, and the president of the first Assembly of the Uniting Church from 1977 to 1979.[4]

Governor of Victoria[edit]

At age 71, in 1986, he was appointed as Governor of the state of Victoria by the Premier, John Cain, and served until 1992. He also served during the premiership of Joan Kirner.

His approach to this largely symbolic vice-regal role differed from his predecessor, Sir Brian Murray. Notably, he opened Government House to the public, exchanged the Rolls Royce car for an Australian made vehicle, flew business class instead of first class and dispensed with military aides de camp.

Cain said of McCaughey, "He was unassuming, down-to-earth, unfailingly courteous to everybody and unaffected by the trappings of the office."[5] Kirner commented, "He was one of the few people who could bring common good and a broad sense of morality to life."[6]

Family[edit]

McCaughey was married to his wife, Jean, for 64 years, having married in 1941, the year of his ordination as a minister. Their five children include former National Gallery of Victoria director Patrick McCaughey.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Imagination and the future: essays on Christian thought and practice presented to J. Davis McCaughey on his 65th birthday, edited by John A. Henley. (1980) Melbourne : Hawthorn Press,.
  • Fresh words and deeds: the McCaughey papers (2004) edited by Peter Matheson & Christiaan Mostert, introduction by Harry Wardlaw, Melbourne, David Lovell
Lectures
    • Back to the drawing board: reflections on the idea of a university in Australia (1988)
    • Biblical faith and secular obedience in a pluralist society: the inaugural Rollie Busch lecture at the University of Queensland on Friday 20 October 1989
    • Christian hope: a lectured delivered at the annual conferment of degrees and diplomas by the Melbourne College of Divinity on 23 June 1954
    • Inaugural addresses: the Uniting Church in Australia / by J. Davis McCaughey [and] Phillip Potter. [1977].
    • "Piecing Together a Shared Vision" 1987 Boyer Lecture (1988) ABC Enterprises for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Crows Nest, N.S.W. ISBN 0-642-53091-2
Publications
    • Christian obedience in the university; studies in the life of the Student Christian Movement of Great Britain and Ireland, 1930-1950. (1958)
    • Commentary on the Basis of union of the Uniting Church in Australia (1980)
    • Diversity and unity in the New Testament picture of Christ (1969)
    • Gospel for our day (1978)
    • Kingdom, church and world: five studies in St. Matthews gospel. (1963)
    • New Delhi Assembly, World Council of Churches, November 1961: implications for the Australian churches. (1962).
    • Piecing together a shared vision, 1987 Boyer Lecture (1988)
    • Place of the university collegiate residence and its role in society 1980-2000
    • Repining restlessnesse: diversity and dissent (1993)
    • Teachings of Jesus for us today (1978)
    • Tradition and dissent (1997) The Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic ISBN 0-522-84764-1 (pbk)
    • Joint
      • Ronald Frank Henderson 1917-1994: a tribute (with Jean McCaughey) (c1997)
      • Victoria's colonial governors, 1839-1900 (with Naomi Perkins and Angus Trumble) (1993) Carlton, Victoria Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry Schwartz (1 April 2005). "Church celebrates life of a much-loved man". theage.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Larry Schwartz (1 April 2005). "Church celebrates life of a much-loved man". theage.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Former Governor Davis McCaughey dies". theage.com.au. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Former Governor Davis McCaughey dies". theage.com.au. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Jewel Topsfield (26 March 2005). "The governor who rewrote the rules". theage.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Jewel Topsfield (26 March 2005). "The governor who rewrote the rules". theage.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Brian Murray
Governor of Victoria
1986–1992
Succeeded by
Richard McGarvie
Religious titles
Preceded by
none
President of the Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Winston O'Reilly