|Native name||Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton|
5 November 1931|
Perth, Western Australia
|Died||4 September 2015
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)
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia (MA)
University of Oxford (MA, DPhil)
|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
He was a frequent contributor to radio in Western Australia and did much to bring Western Australian history and socio-political development to life.
|“||But can it be that the original Federation parents that you had, the founding fathers, that they're all there in their portraits...most of them have got beards and most of them are wearing suits? They look like boring old farts and that's the reason why it's hard to sell the Federation story. ...We are writing books...which will prove that they're a very lively, interesting bunch. For a long time, that image has killed the idea of excitement, though.||”|
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.
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. He was married to Carol Grattan and has two sons and five grandchildren.
- Alexander Forrest : his life and times. 1958
- The Passing of the Irish Act of Union: a study in parliamentary politics. 1966
- Dick Boyer, an Australian humanist. 1967
- A fine country to starve in. 1972 ISBN 0-85564-061-8 (reprinted 1994, ISBN 1-875560-36-X)
- Britain's Legacy Overseas. 1973 ISBN 0-19-888076-6
- Spoils and spoilers : Australians make their environment 1788–1980. 1981 ISBN 0-86861-218-9 (second edition 1992, ISBN 1-86373-094-X)
- History of Royal Perth Hospital. 1982 ISBN 0-9597039-1-8
- It had better be a good one : the first ten years of Murdoch University. 1985 ISBN 0-86905-082-6
- John Ramsden Wollaston : the making of a pioneer priest. 1985 ISBN 0-9588841-0-2
- The Oxford history of Australia. Volume 5, 1942–1988 : the middle way. 1990 ISBN 0-19-554613-X
- Who owns Australia's past?. 1993 ISBN 0-7022-2578-9
- Daphne Street. 1996 ISBN 1-86368-167-1
- Claremont: a history. 1999 ISBN 1-876268-38-7
- Edmund Barton: The One Man for the Job. 2000 ISBN 1-86508-409-3
- The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey. 2003 ISBN 0-522-85034-0 (joint author with Stuart Macintyre, Deborah Gare and Tom Stannage)
- May it please Your Honour : a history of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 1861–2005. 2005 ISBN 0-9590067-7-X (with Geraldine Byrne)
- Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826. 2008 ISBN 978-0-9802964-0-2
- "A thousand miles away"
- Paul Hasluck: A Life. 2014 ISBN 978-1-7425865-8-8
- Educated at the University of Western Australia and Oxford University
- Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 1957
- Senior Lecturer at Monash University in 1962
- Professor of Modern History at the University of Western Australia in 1966
- Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch University in 1973
- Pro Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University from 1973 to 1975
- Dean of the School of Social Inquiry at Murdoch University from 1976 to 1978
- Visiting Commonwealth Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge 1978 and 1979.
- Professor and head of the Australian Studies Centre at the University of London from 1982 until 1985
- Professor of Australian History at the University of Queensland in 1989
- Professor of History at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
- Retired from academia in 1996
- Chancellor of Murdoch University from July 2002 to November 2006.
- Bolton, G. C. (Geoffrey Curgenven) (1994), Portrait of the historian as a young learner, retrieved 27 March 2015
- ABC; Bolton, G (2012), Who are you? Geoffrey Bolton, retrieved 27 March 2015
- "First Wednesday Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1998. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- 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
- Bolton, Geoffrey (2004-09-01), "The shoals of celebrity.(Memoir)", Meanjin (Melbourne University Publishing Ltd) 63 (3): 144(5), ISSN 0815-953X
- "Prominent West Australian historian Geoffrey Bolton dies". 4 September 2015.
- Citation for Fellowship: Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton in Early Days 11(3), 1997.