Val Noone

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Doctor Val Noone is an Australian historian who has written extensively on social history and has a particular interest in the history of the Irish language in the south-east of Australia in its social, cultural and linguistic aspects. He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.[1]

He acquired a degree in Biblical studies, philosophy and theology at Corpus Christi College in Melbourne, and did his doctoral thesis on religious attitudes to war. He spent a number of years as a Catholic priest and retains a strong interest in the social history of the Church.

He has published many books, articles and reviews, and has been a co-contributor to historical articles in Irish published by the Irish journal Feasta.[2] He is a member of the Irish Language Association of Australia and was the editor of Táin, the magazine of the Irish Australian Network, which ceased publication in 2007.[3] His most notable recent work is Hidden Ireland in Victoria, an overview of the history of the Irish language in the State of Victoria, Australia.

He was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in June 2009.[4]

In 1913 the Senate of the National University of Ireland (NUI) conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, for his contribution to Irish Studies in Australia.[5]


  1. ^ Find an Expert: profiling the University of Melbourne’s researchers: Dr Val Noone. Accessed 11 June 2012
  2. ^ Feasta.
  3. ^ Script and Print, a blog connected to the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ). Accessed 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Noone, Valentine Gabriel". It's an Honour. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ 'Honour conferred on Val Noone,' 24 September 1913, Tinteán:

Selected publications[edit]

  • 'Michael Davitt, Melbourne and the Labour Movement,' in Australian Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 6, pp 25-42
  • 'Printers and New Technology around 1980: an Age Proof Reader's View' in The Time of Their Lives - The Eight Day and Working Life, J. Kimber, P. Love (eds.), Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (Canberra) 2007
  • Disturbing the War: Melbourne Catholics and Vietnam, Melbourne, Spectrum 1993
  • 'An Irish Rebel in Victoria: Charles Gavan Duffy, Selectors, Squatters and Aborigines' in Echoes of Irish Australia - Rebellion to Republic, J. Brownrigg, C. Mongan, R. Reid (eds.), National Library of Australia (Canberra) 2007
  • 'Nioclás Ó Domhnaill: Laoch na Gaeilge san Astráil' (with Colin Ryan) in Feasta, Bealtaine 2009
  • 'Ór agus Adhmad: Éireannaigh Bungaree' (with Mary Doyle and Colin Ryan) in Feasta, Márta 2012.
  • Hidden Ireland in Victoria, Ballarat Heritage Services 2012