From ‘The Dawn’ to sunset: Gordon Childe in Melbourne, 1957

24th May 2014

John Mulvaney

Introduction*

Only Gordon Childe’s death sufficed to alert Australians to his international reputation. His private return after an absence of 35 years was unlikely to be newsworthy, given Australia’s intellectual climate and regional isolation in 1957. I was totally unaware of Child’s return in April, or of his visits to universities in Sydney and Canberra, despite the fact that it was in that year that  I initiated Australia’s only course in the prehistory of this region. This was Pacific Prehistory, a final honours year course at Melbourne University’s History Department.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Mulvaney, D.
From ‘The Dawn’ to sunset: Gordon Childe in Melbourne, 1957
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