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Prof. Geoffrey
Blainey AC

Australian Historian


Professor Blainey is a witty speaker with a warm, approachable manner which delights his audiences. His presentations draw on economic events and their effects on the future.

Previous experience:

Academic: Professor Geoffrey Blainey has a long and distinguished career in academic circles. For twenty years he was a professor of economic history and then Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He also held the chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 1988 in New York he received the International Britannica Award for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of humankind. A member of various federal government committees, he was Chairman of the Australia Council for four years and Chairman of the Australia-China Council for five years and in 2001 was chairman for the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. In the early 1980s he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 1988 he received the International Britannica Award for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of humankind.

Author:He is the author of many books, including The Tyranny of Distance and The Causes of War. Among his recent titles are A Short History of the World (2000), a best seller now issued in many editions and translations extending from Italian to Portuguese and A Short History of the Twentieth Century, released in 2005.

A very personable presentation. Quite informative and presented with some humour. A very likeable guest speaker who concentrated more on the present and future rather than the past, at my request. The club had 80 guests many of whom made favourable comments to me as they were leaving. I would thoroughly recommend this speaker. RACV Club, Melbourne

Professor Blainey went out of his way to greet people, to involve himself with the group and to be a part of our meeting. His presentation was well prepared, delivered with warmth and reflection, and held the audience's attention throughout. Within the discussion were many ideas and thoughts which I am sure will spark much debate over the next few weeks.

Strathmore Secondary College, Victoria

Excellent presentation by Professor Blainey at our Australian Chamber Lunch. He fitted our requirements perfectly and our interstate and Victorian delegates were not only informed but entertained by the stories and anecdotes from the Professor. Question time overflowed and had to be continued in the River Room Foyer to enable the delegates further discussion with Prof Blainey before the next afternoon session started.

Victorian Chamber of Fresh Produce Wholesalers

We had a great night on Foundation Day. You said to me 'Geoffrey is a true professional' and how right you were. 45 minutes without notes, funny, knowledgeable, wise, even at times shrewd. A masterful performance. Thank him. Thank you.

Parramatta City Council

Professor Blainey was very impressive. Many delegates at the conference were extremely impressed at how he could speak without notes and the number of facts and figures that he was able to quote without referring to prepared prompts.

Royal Australian Airforce
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