Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
Daws received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Melbourne in 1954.
2500 Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822, United States
Daws also got a Master of Arts (1960) and Doctor of Philosophy (1966) in Pacific History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Photo of Gavan Daws
Photo of Gavan Daws
(Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal ...)
Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.
(Highlights five nineteenth-century travelers who explored...)
Highlights five nineteenth-century travelers who explored the South Seas and made discoveries about themselves.
(Describe a pervasive way of conducting private and public...)
Describe a pervasive way of conducting private and public affairs in which state and local office holders throughout Hawaii took their personal financial interests into account in their actions as public.
(Gavan Daws combined ten years of documentary research and...)
Gavan Daws combined ten years of documentary research and hundreds of interviews with POWs on three continents to write this shattering re-creation of the experience of Allied POWs of the Second World War in the Pacific - British, Australian, American, and Dutch. The Japanese army took over 140,000 military prisoners, and one in four died at the hands of their captors. Drawing directly on the vivid memories of the survivors, Daws brings the reader heart-breakingly close to the atrocities of Burma - Siam railway and the Bataan death march, the horrors of Japanese medical experiments, the struggles of POWs to stay alive and remain human, the permanent scars that the survivors carry, and the incomprehensible refusal of their own governments to support their attempts to get an apology from Japan.
(The Indonesian archipelago is a land of timeless natural ...)
The Indonesian archipelago is a land of timeless natural beauty that in the twenty-first century faces unprecedented environmental degradation. It was also the biological laboratory of Alfred Russel Wallace, who, working independently of Charles Darwin, discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection. Wallace, who traveled for eight years in the archipelago, was one of the greatest field naturalists and nature writers of his century. No one was more skilled in observing and describing living things. A prodigious collector, he was the first to bring live birds of paradise to the West. And he was a great thinker, a theorist as formidable as any on earth.
(Wayfinding through the Storm, tells the story of ordinary...)
Wayfinding through the Storm, tells the story of ordinary decent people who looked deep inside themselves and found the moral courage to risk everything, to come together and stand up for what they believed in: to speak truth to power. Coming into the '90s, Bishop Estate and Kamehameha Schools were flourishing. However, within a matter of just a few years, the all-Hawaiian board of trustees came close to bringing the estate to ruin. Dubious schemes, hatched behind doors in the boardroom, erupted one after the other in public scandals - ethical, moral, sexual, financial, political, legal, crossing the line into indictable crime.
Daws received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Melbourne in 1954. He also got a Master of Arts (1960) and Doctor of Philosophy (1966) in Pacific History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Gavan Daws worked as a reporter for the Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Australia.
For a decade and a half, Daws headed historical research on the Pacific and Southeast Asia in the Australian National University's Institute of Advanced Studies. During that time, he was a member of the UNESCO Commission on the Cultural and Scientific History of Humankind, and he was elected to the Academy of the Humanities in Australia.
Gavan Daws teaches at the University of Hawaii.
Daws's working life has taken him back and forth between Australia and the United States, with years spent in the Pacific and stints in Europe and Asia. He has written general history, military history, biographies, and books on the environment and politics.
In Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific, Daws tells of the experiences of many survivors and launches an emotional effort to have those POWs acknowledged by both Japanese and American governments.
Archipelago, which Daws wrote with Marty Fujita, centers on the life of nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who spent eight years combing more than 14,000 miles on the islands of the Malay Archipelago and who simultaneously with - and independently of - Charles Darwin developed the theories of evolution and natural selection.
Daws' other work includes documentary films that have won awards internationally; a stage play with music and choreography; an opera libretto; and song lyrics.
(Gavan Daws combined ten years of documentary research and...)1994
(Wayfinding through the Storm, tells the story of ordinary...)2009
(Describe a pervasive way of conducting private and public...)1985
(The Indonesian archipelago is a land of timeless natural ...)1999
(Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal ...)1968
(Highlights five nineteenth-century travelers who explored...)1980
Gavan's wife is Carolyn.