The Trendall Lecture was made possible through a bequest made by Professor A.D. (Dale) Trendall AC CMG FAHA (1909–95), a Foundation Fellow of the Academy. He envisaged the lecture series as ‘an annual lecture or lectures by a scholar on some theme associated with classical studies’.

Distinguished scholarship in the classics

The Trendall speaker alternates between an Australian and an international scholar who is selected, where possible, on the basis of their scholarly ties to Professor Trendall or to his research interests.

Dale Trendall, of course, in a lifetime of scholarly endeavour demonstrated only too brilliantly the historical, social, and artistic significance of Greek pottery.Michael Osborne, Trendall Lecture, 1997

The first Trendall Lecture was given by Professor Michael Osborne, then Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, in 1997. Read the full text of Professor Osborne’s inaugural Trendall Lecture, titled The gadfly of Greek history (The infuriatingly opaque nature of inscriptions as sources for Greek history).

The 23rd A.D. Trendall Lecture, February 2021

The 23rd Australian Academy of the Humanities’ A.D. Trendall Lecture took place on 8 February 2021 . The lecture, “In the Garden of the Fugitives”, presented as an online event, was delivered by Dr Estelle Lazer (University of Sydney) and was part of the 42nd Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference (ASCS).