Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners

Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners : The First Fifty Years of the Monash University Law School

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When the urbane, learned and widely liked David Derham accepted the invitation to establish the second university law school in Victoria, he wrote to a friend of the challenge ahead, I am probably mad to do it but will have some compensating fun no doubt. As the foundation dean, Derham achieved his vision of establishing a new law school with an innovative curriculum, a first-rate staff recruited from around the world and a state of the art building constructed around Victorias best law library. Within a short time, Monash rose to be among the leading law schools in Australia and became the model that successive new law schools openly copied. If David Derham could see his law school today, there are many achievements he would be proud of, some developments that would appal him and a few that would leave him scratching his head. In this lively and engaging fiftieth anniversary history of the law school, the story of how Derhams vision has played out is told without fear or favour. While the law schools many fine achievements are fully recognised, so too are the wrong turns and backward steps.Most importantly, this is a book about the thousands of people, staff and students, who have been part of the history of the law school. There have been many extraordinary characters. No student will forget the inimitable Louis Waller, the intimidating Enid Campbell or the remarkable Lawrie McCredie and Ron McCallum. Memorable students have been plentiful, including many who have become heavyweights in law, politics and business. Interestingly, the authors found that the most widely remembered student was the great impersonator, Campbell McComas, aka Granville Williams. Far more people recall being at his famous fake lecture than could possibly have been present on the day!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 22.86mm | 568g
  • Clayton, VIC, Australia
  • English
  • 1922235415
  • 9781922235411

About Peter Yule

Peter Yule is a Research Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian economic, business and medical history, with his recent books including biographies of Sir Ian Potter and W.L. Baillieu, and histories of Carlton, the Collins Class submarine project and Australian National Airways. He is currently writing a biography of Air Marshal Sir James Rowland and contributing to a major new multi-volume history of Australia in the First World War. Fay Woodhouse is a professional historian with expertise in 19th and 20th century Victorian history, biography and heritage. She is the author of entries in the Australian Dictionaryof Biography and The Encyclopaedia of Melbourne and has been published in Australian and international historical journals. She contributed the chapter Always a Part of Carlton Life: Students to Carlton: A History (2004), and is writing the history of one of Victorias oldest wineries.
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