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Australian Studies Grant.

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I am pleased to announce a donation of $A1.5 million to the endowment of the Keith Cameron Chair of Australian history at University College Dublin.

The first Australian studies courses at University College commenced in 1972 and the first appointment of a chair of Australian History took place in 1976. In 1985, the Australian Government provided $A200,000 towards the endowment of a chair.

I hope that this new donation will contribute to the further development of Australian studies in Ireland, reflecting the close and historic ties between our two countries.

The Keith Cameron Professors have been : Robert Reece (Murdoch) 1987-89; John Molony (Australian National University) 1989-93; David Day (La Trobe) 1993-96; Judith Brett (La Trobe);1998-2000, Brian de Garis (Murdoch) 2000-02; and Nicholas Brown (ANU) 2003-04. The current Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History is Hilary Carey (Newcastle, NSW).

22 May 2006