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Davidson, Jim
Date of birth: 1942
Biography: Jim Davidson (James Hector) was editor of Meanjin from 1974-1982. Davidson was born in 1942 and graduated BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne in 1964. He continued his studies at Rhodes University, completing an MA thesis on Anthony Trollope's South Africa. While working in London, he was offered the position of editor of Meanjin. After a tense period of transition with Clem Christesen, Davidson was officially instated as editor in 1975, continuing in that position until 1982. Davidson taught for many years at Victoria University (formerly Footscray University of Technology). He completed his PhD thesis at University of Melbourne on the philanthropist and music publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer in 1992 and was opera critic forThe Age. His work on Hanson-Dyer was published in book form in 1994. His next book (with Peter Spearritt) was Holiday Business: Tourism in Australia since 1870 (2000). In 2011 he was Principal Research Fellow (Honorary) at the Australian Centre in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Ref: AusLit: accessed 24/4/2012
Activities/Occupation: Publishers
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