David Day (historian)

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David Day
Native name David Andrew Day
Born (1949-06-24) 24 June 1949 (age 68)
Melbourne, Victoria[1]
Awards South Australian Festival Award for Non-Fiction (1998)
Queensland Premier's History Book Award (2000)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2004)
Website www.davidday.com.au
Academic background
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA [Hons])
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Influences Geoffrey Blainey[1]
Academic work
Institutions La Trobe University
University College Dublin
Bond University
Main interests Australian political history

David Andrew Day (born 24 June 1949) is an Australian historian, academic and author.

Academic career[edit]

The son of a weather forecaster with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, Day grew up in Melbourne and Charleville, Queensland before commencing accounting studies in which he performed poorly due his political activity that included protesting against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.[1] After a short period of work Day returned to his studies and graduated with first-class Honours in History and Political Science from the University of Melbourne and was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Day has been a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College in Cambridge, founding head of History and Political Science at Bond University, official historian of the Australian Customs Service, Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin, and Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is currently an Honorary Associate in the History Program at LaTrobe University in Melbourne.[2]

Career as an author[edit]

Day has written widely on Australian history and the history of the Second World War. Among his many books are ]]Robert Menzies|Menzies\\ and Churchill at War and a two volume study of Anglo-Australian relations during the Second World War. His prize-winning history of Australia, Claiming a Continent, won the prestigious non-fiction prize in the 1998 South Australian Festival Awards for Literature. An earlier book, Smugglers and Sailors, was shortlisted by the Fellowship of Australian Writers for its Book of the Year Award. John Curtin: A Life was shortlisted for the 2000 NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

Published works[edit]

Sole author[edit]

With others[edit]

  • Day, David; Australian Customs Service (1992). Smugglers and Sailors: The Customs History of Australia, 1788–1901. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service Press. p. 528. ISBN 0-644-24751-7. 
  • Day, David; Australian Customs Service (1996). Contraband and Controversy: The Customs History of Australia from 1901. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service Press. p. 558. ISBN 0-644-33151-8. 


  1. ^ a b c "Interview by Marshall Poe with David Day" (streaming audio). New Books in History. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dr David Day". Academy Fellows. Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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