Geoffrey Bolton, historian, died at 83

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Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton, November 5, 1931 and died on September 4, 2015, he was a Western Australian historian, academic and writer.

Bolton attended Wesley College, Perth from 1943 to 1947.

He published works on Australian history, authoring 13 books, his final being Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826.

His book, Daphne Street , published by Fremantle Press, describes his early surrounds, and is an attempt to write national history at the local level.

Bolton was a frequent contributor to radio in Western Australia and did much to bring Western Australian history and socio-political development to life.

Part of his career was spent setting up an Australian studies programme at a university in England.

He was Chairperson of the Western Australian Maritime Museum’s Archaeology Advisory Committee.

Professor Bolton was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and Fellow of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society. He served as the Chancellor of Murdoch University from 2002 to 2006

In 2005, Bolton was named Western Australia’s 2006 Australian of the Year.

He is married to Carol Grattan and has two sons and five grandchildren.

Australian historian Geoffrey Bolton died on 4 September 2015, in Perth, at the age of 83.

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