Murdoch to name its Library after university icon Bolton

October 4, 2016

Professor Geoffrey BoltonMurdoch University will be naming its Library after its Foundation Professor of History, the late Geoffrey Bolton.

A former Chancellor of Murdoch and esteemed historian, Professor Bolton was one of the University’s most iconic figures. He died just over a year ago on September 3, at the age of 83.

The Library will be known as the Geoffrey Bolton Library and an official dedication ceremony and public exhibition will take place next year.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said discussions had taken place with Professor Bolton’s family as to how best to commemorate his incredible contribution to Murdoch.

“We decided dedicating our Library in Geoffrey’s honour would be a fitting and lasting memorial,” said Professor Leinonen.

“Our Library is considered to be the beating heart of our University, acting as a meeting place for our staff and students, a place of learning, research and community engagement.

“As a foundation professor, academic, Senate member and Chancellor, as well as being a friend and mentor to many colleagues and students, Geoffrey was also at the centre of all things Murdoch.

“It’s wonderful to ensure his legacy lives on in this way.”

His wife Carol Bolton said she and her family were very pleased that Murdoch had chosen to remember her husband by naming the Library after him.

“I can think of nothing that would have delighted him more,” she said.

“Libraries and Murdoch meant a great deal to him and to have them linked in his memory is a great honour. I am sure he would be thrilled with what is being done.

“I have lost count of the number of libraries in which I remember him working. And Murdoch’s Library gave him a home while he did some of his most recent work. He was very grateful for that.”

Professor Bolton began his association with the University in 1970, when he was appointed to the Murdoch University Planning Board. He served three terms on its Senate and was Chancellor of the University from 2002-2006.

He was appointed Murdoch’s Foundation Professor of History in the School of Social Inquiry in 1973, holding the position until 1989.

As the author of several books and numerous chapters and articles, he was regarded as one of Australia’s most eminent historians and socio-political commentators, immersing himself in the history of WA and its people.

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