George E. Morrison Lectures, 1932- Present


The George Ernest Morrison Lecture series was founded by Chinese residents in Australia and others in honour of the late Dr G. E. Morrison (1862-1920), a native of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The objects of the foundation of the lectureship were to honour for all time the memory of a great Australian who rendered valuable services to China and to improve cultural relations between China and Australia. The foundation of the lectureship had the official support of the Consulate-General and was due in particular to the efforts of Mr William Liu, businessman, of Sydney; Mr William Ah Ket, barrister, of Melbourne; Mr F.J. Quinlan and Sir Colin MacKenzie, of Canberra. From the time of its inception until 1948 the lecture was associated with the Australian Institute of Anatomy, but in the latter year the responsibility for the management of the lectureship was taken over by the Australian National University, and the lectures delivered since that date have been given under the auspices of the University.

Until 2010, this information was compiled and maintained by the Contemporary China Centre of The Australian National University.

Following the presentation of lectures, papers were originally published annually in printed booklet form. Papers from 2000 are available online. Some earlier papers are also available online or in East Asian History, as indicated below.