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John Molony - Emeritus Professor, historian

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CollectionsANU Emeritus Faculty Oral History Project
Title: John Molony - Emeritus Professor, historian
Author(s): Molony, John
Stewart, Peter
Keywords: John Molony
Emeritus Faculty
oral history
Publisher: The Australian National University, Emeritus Faculty Inc.
This audio interview, with Emeritus Professor John Molony, is part of the Emeritus Faculty's Oral History Program, involving retired staff members of ANU who were part of the university in earlier decades of its life. The program was initiated and developed by ANU Emeritus Faculty as a contribution to university and community understanding of the origins and evolution of ANU over the past sixty years. Emeritus Faculty has a special interest in this era, since the Faculty's membership includes many of the people who helped shape ANU in its early days, to make it the pre-eminent university it is today. John Molony is Emeritus Professor of History at ANU. Born in Melbourne in 1927, he was educated at St Patrick's College in Ballarat, then at Propaganda Fide in Rome. After ordination as a priest he worked in the diocese of Rome and then in Boston, USA. He returned to Ballarat as a priest in 1954. In 1963, he came to ANU as a translator of medieval Latin, then undertook graduate studies in history. After a brief teaching stint at Duntroon Military College, he was appointed to the Department of History in The Faculties at ANU, and in 1977 became Manning Clark Professor and head of department. John resigned from ANU in 1990 to take up the Chair in Australian History at University College in Dublin. In 1993 he returned to Canberra to become Foundation Research Professor at the Australian Catholic University, then in 1999 a founder and the first chair of Emeritus Faculty at ANU. John has published many books on a range of topics in Australian history and social action. He is currently completing a three-volume autobiography.


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