Famous Australian Historians

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Joseph Jacobs
(Literary critic, Literary historian, Folklorist, Historian, Children's writer)
Joseph Jacobs
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Birthdate: August 29, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: January 30, 1916

Joseph Jacobs was an Australian literary critic, folklorist, social scientist, translator, writer, and historian. A notable publisher of English folklore, Jacobs' work is credited with popularizing some of the most renowned versions of English fairy tales like Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk. Jacobs was widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on English folklore.

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Keith Windschuttle
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Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Sydney

Keith Windschuttle is an Australian historian, writer, and former board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He is best known for producing works that discuss social and other important issues in Australia. A respected literary figure, Windschuttle has been serving as the editor-in-chief of Quadrant since 2015. Since 1994, he has been serving as the publisher of Macleay Press.

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Geoffrey Blainey
(Historian)
Geoffrey Blainey
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Birthdate: March 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne

Australian historian and bestselling author Geoffrey Blainey is best known for his books on economic and social history. Initially a freelance writer, he also later taught economic history at the University of Melbourne. He has also chaired the Australia Council. His books include The Peaks of Lyell.

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Phillip Knightley
(Journalist, Historian)
Phillip Knightley
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Birthdate: January 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 7, 2016

Phillip Knightley was an Australian literary critic, author, and journalist. A well-known journalist with interests in war reporting and espionage, Knightley received prestigious awards, such as the Overseas Press Club of America Award. In 1980 and 1988 he was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, becoming one of two journalists to have earned the award twice.

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Alan Villiers
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Birthdate: September 23, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 3, 1982

Apart from gaining fame as a sailor and an adventurer, Alan Villiers also became famous as a photographer and author. He was 15 when he first went sailing. Of his 44 books, one of the most well-known is Men, Ships, and the Sea, which was released by the National Geographic Society.

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Geoffrey Dutton
(Australian Author and Historian)
Geoffrey Dutton
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Birthdate: August 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anlaby, Australia
Died: September 17, 1998

Geoffrey Dutton was an Australian author and historian. He studied at the University of Adelaide, where he started writing for the avant-garde journal Angry Penguins. He went on to have a prolific career, during which he wrote or edited over 200 books across a range of genres. He was a co-founder of the paperback publishing company Sun Books.