Emeritus Professor<br />
Emeritus Professor
Emeritus Professor

Contact Details:
Email: hapi@uq.edu.au
University of London (1954-59)
University of Leeds (1959-60)
University of Nottingham (1960-64)
Doctor of Letters, University of Queensland, 1989
Appointed McCaughey Chair in History 1978 (until 1995)
Research Interests:
Professor Thomis is a specialist in the social and political consequences of industrialization, social protest and radical politics in Britain from the late eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. He has also published widely on Queensland institutional and local history.
Selected Publications:
  • Politics and Society in Nottingham, 1785-1835. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1969
  • The Luddites: Machine-Breaking in Regency England. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1970; rpt. Hamden, Conn,: Archon Books, 1970; New York: Schocken Books, 1972; Aldershot: Gregg Publishing, 1993
  • The Town Labourer and the Industrial Revolution. London: B.T. Batsford, 1970
  • Responses to Industrialisation: the British Experience, 1780-1850. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1976
  • (co-author with Peter Holt), Threats of Revolution in Britain, 1789-1848. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1977
  • Pastoral Country: a History of the Shire of Blackall. Brisbane: Jacaranda, 1979
  • (co-author with Jennifer Grimmett), Women in Protest, 1800-1850. London: Croom Helm, 1982
  • A Place of Light and Learning: The University of Queensland’s First 75 Years. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1985
  • A History of the Electricity Supply Industry; Queensland. 2 vols. Brisbane: Boolarong Press, 1989-90
Malcolm Thomis was born in Bradford, England and completed his tertiary education in London, Leeds and Nottingham. He then taught history at University of Nottingham, Magdalen College School, Oxford and at the University of Stirling until 1976 when he moved to Australia as a professor in the Department of History at the University of Queensland. He also served as Deputy President of the Academic Board (1988-90) and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) from 1991, while continuing with part-time teaching and supervision in History. In 1985 he became the University Historian with the publication of A Place of Light and Learning: The University of Queensland’s First 75 Years.

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