Professor Clive Moore
Professor Clive Moore

UQ Historian Awarded as Outstanding Alumnus

Professor Clive Moore CSI, FAHA, was honoured on Friday, 31 August 2013, by being given an Outstanding Alumni Award by James Cook University.

Professor Moore was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Pacific scholarship.

“James Cook University produced many eminent graduates in the early years and it is a great honour to receive the award,” Professor Moore said.

“I owe a great deal to history staff such as Brian Dalton, the Foundation Professor of History, and to Henry Reynolds, Howard Fry and Bob Hering”.

“I began study at the University the same year that the Queen visited Australia and named the institution James Cook University of North Queensland”.

“In the 1970s Townsville was an army town. The Vietnam War was on and about one-third of Australia’s troops were housed at Lavarack Barracks was just down the road from the University”.

Clive was born in Mackay and attended James Cook University, graduating BA (Hons) History and PhD.

He has a distinguished academic career, and is internationally renowned as a Pacific scholar. He is the pre-eminent historian of the Pacific labour trade and of Australia’s South Sea Island immigrants.

His research spans: historical and political studies of Australian federation, masculinity/sexuality, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

Professor Moore’s scholarship has always had a prominent and positive community and political impact. His early and ongoing research played a key role in achieving recognition for, and government acknowledgment of Australia’s South Sea Islanders as a distinctive community.

Professor Moore has been a prominent figure in efforts to develop Pacific studies in Australia, and was the inaugural president of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies.

He has worked as a consultant and advisor in fields as disparate as distance learning in Papua New Guinea; art and museum studies; radio and television documentaries; and native title claims, and is a frequent media commentator on Pacific affairs.

In 2005 the Solomon Islands government awarded him the Cross of the Solomon Islands for his contribution to the history of that nation and to cultural and community awareness and development.

Five years earlier Clive received a ‘Recognition Award’ for contribution in services to the development of Papua New Guinea.

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