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Student, Teacher, Friend: Chris Wallace-Crabbe and the University of Melbourne


Darian-Smith, Kate, Student, Teacher, Friend: Chris Wallace-Crabbe and the University of Melbourne, Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion, Melbourne University Press, C. Atherton (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 89-97. ISBN 9780522864519 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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When Chris Wallace-Crabbe first came to the University of Melbourne, it was by a circuitous route. Completing his school years at Scotch College, he had qualified for a Bachelor of Science degree. Instead, he went to work as a cadet metallurgist at the Royal Mint, followed by national service in the Royal Australian Air Force. Abandoning early aspirations to be an industrial .chemist, Chris was increasing drawn towards the study of literature and an awakening love of modernist poetry through his reading of Penguin Modern Classics. In February 1953, he enrolled part-time in a Bachelor of Arts degree, entering an institution then widely known in 'a youthful vernacular which misrepresented our true feelings about a beehive of excitement' as The Shop. Chris's association with the University of Melbourne was to continue for the next six decades: as an undergraduate and graduate student; then as a lecturer, doctoral supervisor, teacher, mentor, colleague, somewhat reluctant administrator and head of department, and distinguished poet-professor.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Biography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123401
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-04
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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