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Donald Richmond Horne

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Donald Richmond Horne, Australian writer, educator. Decorated officer Order of Australia, 1982.


Horne, Donald Richmond was born on December 26, 1921 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Son of David and Florence (Carpenter) Horne.


Student, University Sydney, 1941. Student, Canberra University, 1945. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University New S. Wales, 1986.

D. University, Griffith University, Brisbane, 1991. Doctor of the University (honorary), University Canberra, 1996.


Editor The Observer, Sydney, 1958-1961, The Bulletin, Sydney, 1961-1962, 67-72. Creative director Jackson Wain, 1962-1966. Co-editor Quadrant, 1963-1966.

Professor University New South Wales, 1973-1986. Contributing editor Newsweek International, 1973-1976. Chairman Australia Council, 1985-1990, Ideas for Australia, Sydney, 1991-1994.

Emeritus professor University New South Wales, Australia, from 1987. Chairman, advisory board, Copyright Agency Ltd., Sydney, 1983-1984, The Australian Encyclopedia, Sydney, 1986-1988. Chancellor University of Canberra, 1992-1995, University New S. Wales, 1973-1986.

Member university council University New S. Wales, 1983-1986, chairman Faculty Arts, 1982-1986. Fellow Australian Academy Humanities, since 1995. Executive committee Australian Association Cultural Freedom, 1962-1966.

Advisory committee New South Wales Cultural Grants, 1976-1979.



Member Australian Imperial Force, 1942-1944, Australian Citizenship Council, 1998-2000, New South Wales Century Federation Committee, 1999-2001, Australian Republican Movement (founder 1991), Executive Government Committee, 1985-1987, Australian Constitutional Commission, 1985-1987. Consultative committee New South Wales Law Foundation Constitutional Change project. Founder Arts Action Australia, 1989.

Ideas for Australia Program, 1991-1994, The Australia Council, 1985-1990. Co-covenor Changing the Systems Forum, 1980, National Conference Democratic Constitution, 1977. Convenor Forum for Constitutional Change, 1979, Citizens for Democracy, 1976-1977, National Ideas Summit, 1990.

Member Australian Society Authors (president 1984-1985, councillor since 1982).


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Married Myfanwy Gollan, March 22, 1960. Children: Julia, Nicholas.

David Horne

Florence (Carpenter) Horne

Myfanwy Gollan

Julia Horne

Nicholas Horne