The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

John Neylon MOLONY, STL, JCL; Pont. Univ. Urb. Rome; MA, PhD. ANU.

Chair of the Emeritus Faculty, John is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University ANU and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics, ANU, , 1997-.
Adjunct professor Australian Catholic University, 1997-

Son of: Michael Joseph Molony and Bridget Jane McInerney; b. Apr.15, 1927, Melbourne.

Education. St Patrick's College, Ballarat; Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana, Rome; Australian National University, Canberra.

Married. 1965, Denise, daughter of G. Chandler, 2 sons 2 daughters.


Foundation Research Professor, Australian Catholic University, Canberra, 1993-96.
Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History, University College Dublin, 1990-93.
Emeritus Professor of History, ANU, 1990-.
Manning Clark Professor of Australian History, ANU, 1980-91.
Professor of History, ANU, 1975-79.
Head, Department of History, ANU, 1977-86,
Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Tutor, Department of History, ANU, 1965-74.
Visiting Lecturer, University of Rome, 1974.
Member Governing Body, John XXIII College, ANU, 1976-83.
Acting Dean of Students, ANU, 1976.
Acting Lecturer in History, RMC, Royal Military College, Duntroon, 1965.
Official Ecclesiastical Crt, Boston, USA, 1953-54.
Assistant Priest Ballarat, 1954-63.
Diocesan Chaplain, Young Christian Workers, Ballarat ,1954-63.
Fellow, Pontifical Liturgical Academy, Rome, 1953.
Ordained, Rome, 1950.
President Australian Society for the Study of Labour History 1975-85.
President, Indo-China Refugee Association 1986-90.
Trustee, Eureka Stockade Memorial Trust, 1995-.
Committee Eureka's Children 1994.
President, Independent Community for Refugees to Australia, 1996-2007.
President, Dante Alighieri Society, Canberra, 1976-90, 1994-98.
President, Staff Association ANU, 1976-84.
Co-founder, secretary, president, Belconnen Branch ALP, 1971-87.
ACT delegate National Conference, ALP, 1973.
President, ACT Branch, ALP, 1976.
Chair,Australian Bicentenary Authority Historical and Political Democracy Taskforce, 1985-86.
President ANU Aust Rules Football Club 1978.
President, Belconnen Football Club, 1988-90.
ACTAFL Delegate, National Football League Australia, National Australian Football Council, 1986-90.
Cavaliere of the Italian Republic 1990.
Life member Dante Alighieri Society, Canberra, l990.
Life member, Belconnen Football Club, 1995.
Honoured by City of Ballarat, 2001.
Chair, Emeritus Faculty, ANU, 2000--2005, 2006-
Eureka's Children medal, 2001.
Visiting Professor University of Pécs, Hungary, 2006


Towards an Apostolic Laity 1960.
A New Age of the Human Person,(ed) 1963.
The Roman Mould of the Australian Catholic Church, 1969.
An Architect of Freedom: John Hubert Plunkett in New South Wales, 1832-1869, 1973.
The Emergence of Political Catholicism in Italy: Partito Popolare, 1919-1926, 1977.
I am Ned Kelly, 1980.
Eureka, 1984.
The Penguin Bicentennial History of Australia, 1987.
The Worker Question, 1991.
A Soul Came into Ireland: Thomas Davis; A Biography, 1814-45, 1995..
Eureka, 2001, new edition.
Ned Kelly, 2001, new edition.
The native-born: the first white Australians, 2000
Luther's Pine, 2004
Australia Our Heritage, 2005
By Wendouree, 2010

Chapters, reviews/articles:

Over thirty chapters in books and articles in academic journals, Articles in  SMH, Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Leader, Herald, Melb, Sun, Melb, Advocate.

In the past five years I have been involved with the supervision of six PhD theses and I have examined several others.
From 2001 to 2004 I lectured at, and helped to organize, three Summer Schools on History for school teachers at ANU.

I lectured on James Cook- the man at James Cook University, Cairns, in 2009. In November this year I will give the keynote address at a symposium in Cooktown on the stay of Cook and his complement on the Endeavour at Botany Bay and at the Endeavour River in 1770.

Main interests:

Australian, modern Italian and 19)Irish history. Religious history. Catholic social teaching.


Lecturing, tutorials, supervision and examining in above areas.


John Molony  September 2011