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Sir John Medley: A Memoir by Geoffrey Serle, 1st Ed, Melbourne University

Sir John Medley: A Memoir by Geoffrey Serle, 1st Ed, Melbourne University

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Sir John Dudley Gibbs Medley (1891-1962) was born in Oxford, and followed a well-trodden path from Winchester to New College, Oxford. He took an outstanding "first" in "Greats" and was offered a fellowship at Cambridge before he graduated. The war intervened: Major Medley, unfit for front-line service because of a childhood accident, served in railway transport and as a liaison officer at French headquarters. One of the mercantile Gibbs family, he worked through the 1920s in the Australian firm of Gibbs, right before, as headmaster, he rescued Tudor House, a preparatory school at Moss Vale, New South Wales, from imminent closure. To general amazement, in 1938 Medley was elected Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, by one vote from the eminent economist, (Sir) Douglas Copland. The Council found to its surprise that it had appointed not a bandbox English conservative but a liberal, who presided over a basic shift in authority from Council to professoriate. Medley was a classicist, wit and clubman, and a selection of his light verse provides splendid examples of this. Geoffrey Serle's memoir pays due tribute to Medley's famous reforming work while he was Vice-Chancellor from 1938 to 1951.

Published by Melbourne University Press in 1993. Hard cover with dust jacket. Copy in VGC, light edge wear, crisp and clean throughout. Handsome copy.

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