Vale David Hutchinson (1927-2017)
We were saddened to learn of the death of David Hutchinson, first curator of the W.A. Museum, on 27 December 2017.
Here is a short biography David wrote for the History Council in 2005:
"David Hutchison was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1927, and lives in Fremantle. He is married and has a daughter and a son. He has degrees in civil engineering and in history, and a diploma of education. He taught physics, lectured in the history and philosophy of science and was an adult educator.
In 1970, he became the First Curator of History at the Westem Australian Museum. His First task was to set up the Fremantle Museum. He is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the National Museum of Australia. He retired in 1985 to work as a museologist and heritage consultant. Publications include a study of the Benedictines of New Norcia (A Town Like no Other), a guide to Fremantle heritage (Fremantle Walks), a novel (Many Years a Thief) and articles, essays, poetry and short fiction‚ his own and translations from Modern Greek—and botanical illustrations."
His Eulogy is published here.