Exhibition celebrates life and work of Murdoch University icon Geoffrey Bolton


Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch University Geoffrey Bolton.
Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch University Geoffrey Bolton.

THE life and work of Murdoch University Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton will be on display as part of a special exhibition to honour the renowned historian.

Murdoch University will name its library after Professor Bolton in an official dedication ceremony on Tuesday, February 21.

The exhibition, titled Geoffrey Bolton: The Legacy of an Eminent Historian and Iconic Murdoch Figure, will then be showcased in the library foyer until March 17.

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Murdoch University librarians have worked closely with Professor Bolton’s family and friends to assemble the collection, which features artworks, pictures, awards and memorabilia relating to his life.

His widow Carol Bolton has donated items, including his gown and Tudor bonnet worn at graduations, and loaned pictures of Professor Bolton with his grandchildren to reflect his family life.

“Geoffrey would have been surprised and humbled by Murdoch honouring him in this way,” she said.

“The family is delighted and grateful for this commemoration of him.”

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to share their memories of Professor Bolton in a dedication book, which will then become part of the Murdoch University history collection.

The Geoffrey Bolton Fund will also be launched at the dedication ceremony.

A gift from Mrs Bolton has established the fund, which will provide grants to young scholars to pursue historical research and education.

Mrs Bolton said a Hackett scholarship had enabled her husband to study at Oxford early in his career and she hoped the Fund would provide early career researchers with similar opportunities.

Murdoch vice-chancellor Eeva Leinonen said thousands of students had benefited from Professor Bolton’s wisdom and the Fund would enable his name to live on in the developing careers of young researchers.

Professor Bolton was the Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch University, as well as a former Senate member, chancellor and academic.

He was also regarded as one of Australia’s most eminent historians.

He died in September 2015, at the age of 83.