By | November 23, 2021
Stuart Forbes Macintyre Death

Stuart Forbes Macintyre Death – The Australian historian, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne from 1999 to 2008, Stuart Forbes Macintyre AO, FAHA, FASSA has passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. Stuart Macintyre was born in Melbourne on 21 April 1947, to Forbes Macintyre and Alison Stevens Macintyre. He attended Scotch College, and later at the University of Melbourne. Stuart earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968. While an undergraduate he specialized in history and held a Master of Arts degree from Monash University (1971) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1975), he also earned the Blackwood Prize.

Macintyre joined the Left Tendency faction of the Communist Party of Australia, while a postgraduate student at Monash in the early 1970s. In 1976 he married Martha Bruton, a social anthropologist. Macintyre had a long academic career both within Australia and internationally. From 1977 to 1978, Macintyre was a research fellow at St John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Forbes CPA membership lapsed while he was studying in the United Kingdom, and on returning to Australia he joined the Australian Labor Party. He thereafter considered himself to be a democratic socialist.

As a historian Macintyre was prolific. He published numerous books, including a history of Marxism in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century, based on his doctoral thesis, a history of the labor movement in Australia, and Reds, this last being a history of the CPA. Macintyre received many awards, including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Australian Studies in 1986, for his work in authoring the fourth volume of the Oxford History of Australia, and the Redmond Barry Award from the Australian Library and Information Association in 1997, in recognition of his work with the NLA and SLV, according to Wikipedia.

“Australian Society for the Study of Labour History” posted to Facebook following the death of Stuart Macintyre. The society expressed their sadness of losing their president. They explained the wide range of roles Stuart was occupying and also how he was a giant among Australian historians. They also acknowledged his contributions to contemporary debates and historical scholarship and for his guidance, support, and mentoring of countless colleagues and hundreds of postgraduate students.

Australian Society wrote on Facebook, “The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History mourns the death of Stuart Macintyre, our president, and dear friend. Stuart was a giant among Australian historians. His many roles across a wide range of fronts were both prolific and pivotal. His guidance, support, and mentoring of countless colleagues and hundreds of postgraduate students were legendary. His contributions to contemporary debates and historical scholarship were immense and will be enduring. He will be greatly missed.”

Photo Credits – Australian Society for the Study of Labour History via Twitter.

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