Geoffrey Bolton

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Geoffrey Bolton
Native name Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton
Born (1931-11-05)5 November 1931
Perth, Western Australia
Died 4 September 2015(2015-09-04) (aged 83)
Perth, Western Australia
Awards Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1974)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1976)
Officer of the Order of Australia (1984)
New South Wales Premier's Centenary of Federation Prize (2001)
Western Australian of the Year (2006)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Western Australia (MA)
University of Oxford (MA, DPhil)
Academic work
Institutions Edith Cowan University (1994–96)
University of Queensland (1989–93)
Murdoch University (1973–89)
University of Western Australia (1966–73)
Monash University (1962–65)
Australian National University (1957–61)
Main interests Australian history
British Commonwealth history

Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton AO, FASSA, FAHA (5 November 1931 – 4 September 2015) was an Australian historian, academic and writer.


He attended Wesley College, Perth from 1943 to 1947. He published works on Australian history, authoring 13 books, his final being Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826.[1]

His book, Daphne Street, published by Fremantle Press, describes his early surrounds, and is an attempt to write national history at the local level.[2][3]

He was a frequent contributor to radio in Western Australia and did much to bring Western Australian history and socio-political development to life.


Part of his career was spent setting up the Australian Studies Centre (now the Menzies Centre) at the University of London in the United Kingdom.[6]

He was Chairperson of the Western Australian Maritime Museum's Archaeology Advisory Committee.

Professor Bolton was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and Fellow of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society. He served as the Chancellor of Murdoch University from 2002 to 2006

In 2005, Bolton was named Western Australia's 2006 Australian of the Year.

In 2008, he published a single-volume short history of Western Australia since the start of British settlement in 1826, covering the social, cultural, political and economic development of the most geographically isolated area in the world.

Geoffrey Bolton died on 4 September 2015, in Perth, at the age of 83.[7] He was married to Carol Grattan and has two sons and five grandchildren.


Academic career[edit]


  1. ^ Bolton, G. C. (Geoffrey Curgenven) (1994), Portrait of the historian as a young learner, retrieved 27 March 2015 
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  3. ^ ABC; Bolton, G (2012), Who are you? Geoffrey Bolton, retrieved 27 March 2015 
  4. ^ "First Wednesday Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1998. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  5. ^ Bolton, Geoffrey (1998), "'Images from a life in Australian history': an interview with Geoffrey Bolton. [by Gare, Deborah]", Limina, 4 (1998): 90–95, ISSN 1324-4558 
  6. ^ Bolton, Geoffrey (2004-09-01), "The shoals of celebrity.(Memoir)", Meanjin, Melbourne University Publishing Ltd, 63 (3): 144(5), ISSN 0815-953X 
  7. ^ "Prominent West Australian historian Geoffrey Bolton dies". 4 September 2015. 
  • Citation for Fellowship: Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton in Early Days 11(3), 1997.