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Kenneth Stanley Inglis (1929-)
Lectures in history, University of Adelaide 1956-1959

MSS 0067

Biographical note

Ken Inglis was appointed in 1956 to a lectureship in history at the University of Adelaide, his first academic position after completing his MA at the University of Melbourne and doctoral research at Oxford.   He was subsequently Professor of History at the Australian National University and the University of Papua New Guinea, and  published extensively, particularly on the churches and the working class in Victorian England, the ABC, the Anzac tradition and other aspects of Australian social history, New Guinea, historiography and Australian politics and media.

Inglis has himself written of his period at Adelaide ('Hugh Stretton's University of Adelaide 1954-56' Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia vol. 18 1990); Craig Wilcox provides a warm and perceptive survey of Inglis's career and contributions to Australian history and historiography in the introduction to a collection of Inglis's writings Observing Australia 1959 to 1999 published in1999.


1.  Notes for lectures given at the University of Adelaide 1956-59. 8 cm
typescript with manuscript annotations and additions.
[comprise series of lectures for History Ia 1956 and History I 1957 on the history of Europe, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, Revolution in Europe, and the Lisbon earthquake; and one lecture only 1958 and 1959.  The 1957 series includes lectures originally given at University of Melbourne in 1951

2.  Public lectures, addresses and talks 1956-1957.
  1 cm   typescript
[comprise first lecture given in Adelaide on the Papal encyclical Rerum novarum 1956; address to History Section of the Royal Geographical Society (S.A. branch) on 'Good and bad local history' 20 June 1957; lecture 'Europe and the wider world' given at a seminar for teachers of history 7 September 1957; ABC radio talk 'Pandit Nehru as historian' 1957; undated paper 'Re-writing the past: the end of European history']

3.  History I reading lists and notes for students 1957-1960.
  1 cm  processed typescripts
These papers were received from Professor Inglis on 8 January 2001.  Inglis's University of Melbourne MA thesis  'A history of the Royal Melbourne Hospital' (1954) and an extensive collection of correspondence, reports, minutes, and other documents concerned with the University of Papua New Guinea together with press cuttings relating to Papua-New Guinea over the period 1966-1977 is held by the National Library, and a collection of newspaper cuttings and notes assembled for, and carbon typescript of, his book The Stuart case is held by the State Library of South Australia.


History I 1957 essay in Lisbon earthquake and Essay notes 1960 received from Professor Inglis Feb. 2006.


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