UNSW's Dr Jeff Kildea appointed to UCD Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History 2014

5 Mar 2014

The Global Irish Studies Centre (GISC) is delighted to report that Dr Jeff Kildea, GISC Adjunct Senior Lecturer and UNSW graduate, has been appointed to University College Dublin (UCD)’s Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History for 2014.

The Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History was established in 1985 as a visiting professorship through a joint endowment by the Commonwealth of Australia and Mrs Susan O’Reilly (neé Cameron) and her husband, Irish businessman and former rugby international Dr Tony O’Reilly. The Chair was named in honour of Mrs O’Reilly’s father Keith Cameron, a distinguished Australian mining engineer and company director. During his state visit to Ireland in May 2006, Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced a renewed commitment by the Australian Government to supporting the Chair through its continued funding of its endowment.

The Chair’s activities involve teaching Australian history to UCD undergraduate and postgraduate students, giving talks more generally on Australian history at UCD and at various regional centres and to a variety of community groups, as well as organising seminars and giving media interviews. Jeff will also be continuing his research on Irish-born Australian politician Hugh Mahon, on his continuing Irish Anzacs project and to explore a new area of research, the Home Rule movement in Australia and to what extent the shift in opinion in Ireland from 1916 was reflected in Australia. During his time at UCD Jeff is also hoping to organise a significant symposium later in the year on Australia in the First World War and the Irish connection: Gallipoli, conscription and commemoration, to which he will invite a small group of eminent scholars from Ireland and Australia to participate.

Jeff Kildea, author of monographs Tearing the Fabric: Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925 (Citadel Books, 2002), Anzacs and Ireland (Cork UP and UNSW Press, 2007), Wartime Australians: Billy Hughes (Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 2008), is the first appointee to the Keith Cameron Chair from UNSW, following in the distant footsteps of the late Professor Patrick O’Farrell, UNSW Scientia Professor of History and the first Australian historian to hold visiting teaching appointments at UCD, in 1965-66 and again in 1972-3.

Recent holders of the Chair have included Stuart Ward (University of Copenhagen), Katie Holmes (La Trobe University), Mark McKenna (University of Sydney), Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (University of Tasmania) and most recently James Curran (University of Sydney).

Further information about the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian Studies and the Australian Studies Centre, UCD can be found at University College Dublin’s website.

The Australian Studies Centre at University College Dublin (UCD)