Grenfell Price

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Sir Grenfell Price
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Boothby
In office
24 May 1941 – 21 August 1943
Preceded by John Price
Succeeded by Thomas Sheehy
Personal details
Born (1892-01-28)28 January 1892
North Adelaide, South Australia
Died 20 July 1977(1977-07-20) (aged 85)
North Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party United Australia Party
Spouse(s) Kitty Pauline Hayward
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Oxford University
Profession Academic

Sir Archibald Grenfell Price CMG FRGS (28 January 1892 – 20 July 1977) was an Australian geographer, historian and educationist.


Price was born at North Adelaide and was the only surviving son of Henry Archibald Price, banker and businessman, and his wife Elizabeth Jane, née Harris. He was educated at the Queen's School, North Adelaide and the St Peter's College, Adelaide. After failing the entrance examination for the University of Adelaide, he managed to get into Magdalen College, Oxford, from which he graduated a B.A. in 1914, Dip. Ed. in 1915 and M.A. in 1919. He represented Magdalen in cricket, tennis, hockey, lacrosse and rowing.[1]

Back in Adelaide, Price coached the athletic team of St. Peter's College from 1916 to 1924. On 20 January 1917 he married Kitty Pauline Hayward, daughter of an Adelaide solicitor. He was elected in 1921 a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1925 he was appointed founding master of St. Mark's College, University of Adelaide, a post he held until 1957. In 1933 he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to education.[1]

In May 1941 Price won a by-election for the seat of Boothby in the Australian House of Representatives and held the seat until the 1943 election.[2] In 1973 became an honorary member of the American Geographical Society. He died in North Adelaide. His elder son Charles (b. 1920) became a noted demographer at the Australian National University.[1]


  • A Causal Geography of the World (1918)
  • South Australians and their Environment (1921)
  • The Foundation and Settlement of South Australia 1829-1845 (1924)
  • Founders & Pioneers of South Australia (1929)
  • The World: a General Geography (with L. Dudley Stamp, London, 1929)
  • The History and Problems of the Northern Territory (1930)
  • The Centenary History of South Australia (member of editorial board, wrote 3 chapters, 1936)
  • White Settlers in the Tropics (New York, 1939)
  • The First Hundred Years (1940)
  • What of our Aborigines? (1944)
  • Australia Comes of Age (Melbourne, 1945)
  • White Settlers and Native Peoples (Melbourne, 1949)
  • Northern Australia: Task for a Nation (Sydney, 1954)
  • The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific (New York, 1957)
  • The Winning of Australian Antarctica (Sydney, 1962)
  • The Western Invasions of the Pacific and its Continents (Oxford, 1963)
  • The Importance of Disease in History (1964)
  • The Challenge of New Guinea (Sydney, 1965)
  • A History of St Mark's College (1968)
  • The Skies Remember (Sydney, 1969)
  • Island Continent (Sydney, 1972)

External links[edit]

  • A. Grenfell Price interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection, National Library of Australia sound recording


  1. ^ a b c Heathcote, R. L. (2002). "Price, Sir Archibald Grenfell (1892 - 1977)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Price
Member for Boothby
Succeeded by
Thomas Sheehy