Trendall Lecture

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).

20th Trendall Lecture 

Associate Professor Anne Mackay of the University of Auckland and President of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies gave the 20th Trendall Lecture on ‘The force of tradition in early Greek poetry and painting’ on the 30 January 2018 in Brisbane, coinciding with the Australasian Society for Classical Studies’ conference.

An edited version of the Lecture will be published in a future edition of Humanities Australia