Stuart Forbes Macintyre, courtesy of Melbourne University Publishing

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing this week of eminent historian and Friend of the Library, Cultural member and former Library Board member Professor Stuart Forbes Macintyre, AO.

Stuart held appointments at Cambridge, Murdoch, the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, where he was the Ernest Scott Professor of History and in 2002 became a Laureate Professor. From 1999 to 2006 he was dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, and in 2007–8 was visiting professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.

During his career he served as president of the Australian Historical Association, chaired the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council, and was president of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Since 2009 he had been a professorial research fellow of the Australian Research Council. He was serving as a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council at the time of his passing.

Stuart published prolifically, with titles including Australia’s boldest experiment: war and reconstruction in the 1940s, The labour experiment and A proletarian science: Marxism in Britain, 1917-1933.

He was connected to State Library Victoria not only as an author, Friend of the Library and Cultural member but as a member of the Library Board from 1989 to 1998.

Stuart also served terms on the council of the National Library of Australia, as well as being a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. From 2009 he assisted the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in the preparation of a national curriculum for history in Australian schools.

We extend our deepest condolences to Stuart’s family and friends.

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