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Biographical entry Childe, Vere Gordon (1892 - 1957)

14 April 1892
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
19 October 1957
Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Archaeologist and Political theorist


Vere Childe was educated and did his early archeological work in Australia. He was later Professor of Prehistory Archeology, University of Edinburgh 1927-1945, and then Director of the Institute of Archaeology, University of London 1946-1957. He published widely on theory.


Born Sydney, 14 April 1892. Died Blue Mountains, 19 October 1957. Educated Universities of Sydney (BA 1914) and Oxford (B Litt 1916). Senior resident tutor, St Andrew's College, University of Sydney 1917-18; private secretary to John Storey 1919-21; New South Wales Agent-General's Office, London 1922; librarian, Royal Anthropological Institute, London 1925-26; first Abercromby professor of prehistoric archaeology, University of Edinburgh 1927-45; professor of prehistoric European archaeology and director of the Institute of Archaeology, University of London 1946-57.

Archival resources

University of Sydney, Archives

  • Vere Gordon Childe - Records, 1892 - 1957; University of Sydney, Archives. Details

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Derricourt, Robin, 'The making of a radical archaeologist: the early years of Vere Gordon Childe', Australian Archaeology, 79 (Dec.) (2014), 54-64. Details
  • Walker, Michael J., 'Gordon Childe [1892-1957] Founder of Modern Archaeology', Quadrant, 27 (April) (1983), 32-35. Details


See also

  • Dahlitz, Ray, Secular who's who : a biographical directory of freethinkers, secularists, rationalists, humanists and others involved in Australia's secular movement from 1850 onwards (Balwyn, Victoria: R. Dahlitz, 1994), 192 pp. p.88. Details

McCarthy, G.J.