Vale John Moses

The AHA was saddened to learn of the passing of Emeritus Professor the Reverend John Anthony Moses on 30 May 2024. Born in 1930, John studied at the University of Queensland and completed his PhD at the University of Erlangen in West Germany, where he began shaping contemporary understandings of German history and historiography in Australia. John returned to UQ in 1965 where he served until his retirement. He was an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Australia, a founding member and twice President of the Australian Society for European History (now Australasian Association for European History), editor of the Australian Journal of Politics and History, and a professorial associate at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra. John was the author or co-author of leading works such as The Politics of Illusion: The Fischer Controversy in German Historiography (1975), Germany in the Pacific and Far East (with Paul Kennedy, 1977), Trade Unionism in Germany from Bismarck to Hitler (2 volumes, 1982), multiple works on German theologian and activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2009, 2015, 2024), and a memoir entitled Looking Over the Fence (2023). He was also a prolific scholar of Australian war commemoration, evident in many articles and in his co-authored book (with George Davis) on Anzac Day Origins: Canon DJ Garland and Trans-Tasman Commemoration (2013). John is survived by his wife Ingrid Moses, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England and former Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and their sons Dirk (City College of New York) and Rolf (CEO, Queensland Law Society).

Professor Richard Scully, University of New England

Read Richard’s full tribute to John here