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Biographical entry Poynter, John Riddoch (1929 - )


13 November 1929
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia


John Poynter was Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne 1966-1975 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1975-1990. He has written a number of biographies, including one on the chemist, Sir Russell Grimwade (qv).


Born Coleraine, Victoria, 13 November 1929. AO 1989, Chevalier des Palmes Academiques 1980. Educated Universities of Melbourne (BA, PhD) and Oxford (MA). Dean Trinity College, University of Melbourne 1953-64, Ernest Scott Professor of History 1966-75, Dean, Faculty of Arts 1971-73, Pro Vice-Chancellor 1972-75, Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1975-90, Dean, Faculty of Music, Visual & Performing Arts 1991-93, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Cultural Affairs) 1991-94, Professorial Associate, Australian Centre from 1995. Section Editor, Australian Dictionary of Biography 1978-90. Victorian Rhodes Scholar 1951. President, Citizens Welfare Service 1972-91.

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  • Poynter, John and Rasmussen, Carolyn, A place apart: the University of Melbourne: decades of challenge, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, 546 pp. Details

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Rosanne Walker