Weston Bate

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Weston Bate
Born Weston Arthur Bate
(1924-09-24)24 September 1924
Melbourne, Victoria
Died 31 October 2017(2017-10-31) (aged 93)
Awards Ernest Scott Prize (1979)
Medal of the Order of Australia (1997)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Melbourne (MA)
Academic work
Institutions Deakin University (1978–89)
University of Melbourne (1952–74)
Main interests Australian cultural history
Local history

Weston Arthur Bate OAM (24 September 1924[1] – 31 October 2017) was an Australian historian.

Bate served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War.[2] He studied at the University of Melbourne under Manning Clark, Max Crawford, Kathleen Fitzpatrick and John O'Brien. He taught at Brighton Grammar School, Melbourne Grammar School, Bradfield College (Berkshire), and (from 1952 to 1976) at the University of Melbourne. From 1978 until 1989 Bate held the foundation chair of Australian Studies at Deakin University, Geelong.

Bate was President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. He died in October 2017 at the age of 93.[3]


  • A history of Brighton (1962)
  • Lucky city: the first generation at Ballarat, 1851–1901 (1978)
  • Dilemma at Westernport: a case study in land use conflicts and the growth of the planning imperative (1978, with Fay Marles)
  • Private lives – public heritage: family snapshots as history (1986, with Euan McGillivray and Matthew Nickson)
  • Victorian gold rushes (1988)
  • Having a go: Bill Boyd’s Mallee (1989, with Bill Boyd)
  • Light blue down-under: the history of Geelong Grammar School (1990)
  • Life after gold: twentieth-century Ballarat (1993)
  • Essential but unplanned: the story of Melbourne’s lanes (1994)
  • Here’s to grandpa!: the watercolours 1900–1940 of C.A. Wilson (1995)
  • Sustaining their dream: the Metropolitan Golf Club 1901–2001 (2001)
  • Challenging traditions: a history of Melbourne Grammar (2002)
  • Heads, you win!: a history of the Barwon Heads Golf Club[4] (2007)


  1. ^ Pearce, Suzannah (2007). Who's who in Australia. Herald and Weekly Times. p. 211. ISBN 1740951301. 
  2. ^ https://www.scotch.vic.edu.au/greatscot/2009sepGS/60.htm
  3. ^ Weston BATE Death Notice
  4. ^ "Heads, you win! : a history of the Barwon Heads Golf Club / Weston Bate". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2013.