The house that Hugh built: the Adelaide history department during the Stretton era, 1945-1966

Munro, Doug (2017) The house that Hugh built: the Adelaide history department during the Stretton era, 1945-1966. History of Education, 46 5: 631-652. doi:10.1080/0046760X.2017.1318306


Author Munro, Doug
Title The house that Hugh built: the Adelaide history department during the Stretton era, 1945-1966
Journal name History of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-760X
1464-5130
Publication date 2017-06-29
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0046760X.2017.1318306
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 5
Start page 631
End page 652
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In 1954, Hugh Stretton took charge of a threadbare history department at the University of Adelaide. By the end of his tenure as department chair in 1966, staff numbers had increased fivefold and the department was recognised as one of the best of its kind in Australia. Stretton wanted his department to ‘teach history interestingly’, which was his overriding criterion in making new appointments. He also ran a democratic department that went against prevailing notions of ‘God-Professor’ departmental governance. As well as highlighting the singular features of the Adelaide department, the present paper places the growth and the character of ‘The House that Hugh Built’ within wider Australian and global contexts. The ‘Stretton era’ straddled a period of rapid expansion of the university sector both locally and internationally, which entailed a move from a generalist to a more specialised curriculum, with a greater emphasis on research and publication, and a less male-dominated faculty.
Keyword History
Academic departments
Universities
Hugh Stretton
Adelaide
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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