William Edward Hearn

(1826—1888) legal and economic writer

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(1826–88) was one of the more successful academics brought to this country in the middle of the nineteenth century to establish university education. All the foundation professors of the universities of Sydney and Melbourne were expected to span several disciplines; Hearn was particularly versatile. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he came from a chair of Greek in 1854 to take up a Melbourne appointment in history, literature, political economy, and logic, and in 1874 became the foundation dean of law. Despite the fact that his parliamentary candidacy in 1859 caused the university council to prohibit professors from political activity, as a non-professorial dean he was a leading member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1878 until his death.


From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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