Donald Horne

Donald Horne

Donald Horne AO (1921–2005) was one of Australia’s most significant public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Mostly remembered for his skewering of Australian post-war complacency in The Lucky Country (1964), Horne was an editor at The ObserverThe Bulletin (where he removed ‘Australia for the White Man’ from the banner), and Quadrant. He took up a research fellowship in political science at the University of New South Wales, where he would retire as an Emeritus Professor. His contribution to Australian cultural and academic life continued with appointments as Chairman of the Australia Council (1985–1990) and Chancellor of the University of Canberra (1992–1995).