Patrick Troy

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Patrick Troy
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Born(1936-01-22)January 22, 1936
DiedJuly 24, 2018(2018-07-24) (aged 82)

Patrick Nicol Troy AC (22 January 1936 – 24 July 2018) was born in Gerladton, Western Australia, and was the eldest son of Patrick Laurence Troy and Mabel Nielson, who had married in the previous year. [1] was an Australian academic who served as Vale Professor Emeritus at Australian National University.[2]

The younger Troy was raised in Fremantle and trained as a civil engineer. Before joining academia, Troy was secretary of the Maritime Services Union in Perth and a founder of the Trades and Labour Council of Western Australia.[3] He joined the faculty of Australian National University in 1965 and retired in 2011. Over the course of his career, Troy was named an Officer of the Order of Australia and granted fellowship by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He became Deputy Secretary in the Federal Department of Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam Government.[4] He died in Canberra on 24 July 2018.[5][6]

He held public appointments including Deputy Chairman of the Australian Housing Corporation 1984-1992, Member of the Australian Housing Council 1995, Member of the Board of Inquiry into the Administration of Leasehold in the Australian Capital Territory 2003-2006 and Member of the ACT Planning and Land Council.[7]

Troy was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) posthumously in the 2019 Australia Day Honours for "eminent service to urban and regional planning, to environmental sustainability and social justice policy, and as a mentor and role model".[8]


Year Title Publisher
The Cost of Collisions (Co-written with N. G. Butlin.) ISBN 070151339X; Cheshire
A Fair Price: the Land Commission Program, 1972-1977  ISBN 0908094159; Hale & Iremonger
Innovation and Reaction: The life and death of the Federal Department of Urban and Regional Development.  (Co-written with Clement John Lloyd) ISBN 0868613940; George Allen & Unwin
A Just Society?: Essays on Equity in Australia  (editor) ISBN 0868612421; Allen & Unwin
For the Public Health: The Hunter District Water Board 1892-1992  (Co-written with Clement John Lloyd & Shelley R. Schreiner) ISBN 0521484375; Cambridge University Press
The New Feudalism Cambridge University Press
Australian Cities: issues, strategies and policies for urban Australia in the 1990s  (editor) ISBN 0521484375; Cambridge University Press
The Perils of Urban Consolidation: a Discussion of Australian Housing and Urban Development Policies. ISBN 1862872112; Federation Press
A History of European Housing in Australia (editor) ISBN 1862872112; Cambridge University Press
The Structure and Form of the Australian City: Prospects for Improved Urban Planning  Griffith University
Troubled Waters: Confronting the Water Crisis in Australia's Cities (editor) ISBN 1921313846; ANU E Press
Accommodating Australians: Commonwealth Government Involvement in Housing ISBN 1862878749; Federation Press
Equity in the City (editor) ISBN 0868612588; Routledge


  1. ^ Macintyre, S., 2000. Patrick troy: Public good and the intellectual. Urban Policy and Research, 18(2), pp.145-157.
  2. ^ "VC's Update - Vale Professor Patrick Troy AO". Australian National University. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Troy, Professor Patrick Nicol, AO: 15 Aug 2018: House debates (". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
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  5. ^ "ANU mourns Professor Patrick Troy AO". Australian National University. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ Powell, Tony (4 August 2018). "Patrick Troy obituary: missionary for better cities". Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^ "ANU mourns Professor Patrick Troy AO". Australian National University. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Patrick Nicol Troy". Retrieved 2019-01-29.