1905 – 1965
Who was Brian Fitzpatrick?
Fitzpatrick was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, the seventh of eight children. His father died when Brian was 14 years old. Brian rebelled against his oldest brother's management of the family after his father's death.
Fitzpatrick was educated at Essendon High school and then at the University of Melbourne on a scholarship. He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1925 and Master of Arts in 1934. At the university he was a founder and chief of staff of Farrago, the student newspaper, and also a founder of the Melbourne University Labor Club.
In 1937 Fitzpatrick won the University of Melbourne's Harbison Higinbotham Scholarship with his manuscript of British imperialism and Australia 1783-1833; it was published by George Allen and Unwin in 1939. A sequel, The British Empire in Australia : an economic history, 1834-1939 was published in 1941. In 1940 Fitzpatrick was appointed a Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Melbourne. He took leave during the war, working for the Commonwealth Rationing Commission and then the Department of War Organisation of Industry. He resumed his fellowship with the University in 1944 and remained there until 1947.
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