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Medley, Sir John Dudley Gibbs
Date of birth: 19 April 1891
Place of birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Date of death: 26 September 1962
Place of death: Harkaway, Victoria, Australia
Biography: Medley was born at Oxford, 19 April 1891 and educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford. Elected to a fellowship at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, he chose not to take this up but enlisted in the Welsh Regiment in 1914. He joined the family business of Anthony Gibbs & Sons, London and in 1920 came to Australia to join the Melbourne office of Gibbs, Bright and Co. for whom he became manager of the Adelaide Office, 1922-1924, then manager in Sydney. In 1930 he became headmaster of Tudor House preparatory school at Moss Vale, N.S.W., and in 1938, on the resignation of R.E. Priestley, he became the second salaried Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. In retirement he filled his time with broadcasting and journalism. He was a writer of satirical light verse. He was a member of the Australian Broadcasting Commission 1942-1960 and Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria 1941-1958 (Chairman 1951-1958). He was knighted in 1948 and received honorary degrees from Oxford and Melbourne.
Activities/Occupation: Vice-chancellors
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