Graeme Davison AO
Graeme Davison is an urban and social historian interested in the uses of history for public policy.
Graeme Davison is Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. He is a graduate of the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, where he was a Victorian Rhodes Scholar and of the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academies of Humanities and Social Sciences and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Edinburgh, Tubingen and King's College London. He was awarded an honorary D. Litt from the University of Melbourne for his contributions to public awareness of urban issues.
He is a former Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, and has held advisory appointments at the State Library of Victoria, the National Museum of Australia, the National Archives, Museum Victoria and the Public Record Office of Victoria. In 1988 he founded Australia's first graduate program in Public History.
His publications include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne (1978 and 2004), The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia Learned to Tell the Time (1991), The Use and Abuse of Australian History (2000), Car Wars: How the Car Won our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities (2004), University Unlimited: The Monash Story (with Kate Murphy) (2012), Trendyville: The Battle for Australia's Inner Cities (with Renate Howe and David Nichols) (2015) and City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia (2016). He is a co-editor of A Heritage Handbook (1991) and The Oxford Companion to Australian History (1998).
His current interests include a social and environmental history of Australian suburbia and chairing Jubilee Housing, a small affordable housing organisation in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.