Established 1894

The Wallaby Club .Inc

Biographical entry Bolton, Herbert Cairns

academic, historian of science and physicist


Professor Bert Bolton joined the Wallaby Club in 1984 and maintained his membership until 1988. Bert was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Monash University and for a brief time the Wallaby club historian.


Relating to a toast: 'Animals are gregarious. Wallabies are no exception. When proposing the toast to the club some years ago, Bert Bolton, who had the eye of perception, and the heart of an historian, did his research very thoroughly, pointing out in a way many Wallabies has never seen so clearly before, how there was a need in Melbourne in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, to meet the needs of various different groups. The nucleus which formed our unusual club was based on the arts and teaching professions. In our homes and our vocation, we are cognisant of other needs. Although these have their place in all fields of endeavour, most men have a yearning for better things, and a club which promotes those friend-forming objectives, fills a very need in the scheme of human life.'

Harold Attwood (ed), page 103

'Bert was an exceptional friend and colleague who through consistent and continual support of endeavours to further the archives and history of Australian science and technology made a typically modest but inspiring contribution. His humanity and concern for others would have made him an outstanding Wallaby. It is a privilege to be able to continue in his footsteps as club historian.'

Gavan McCarthy, personal contribution, 2007


1984 - 1988
Membership - Wallaby Club

Sources used to compile this entry: Attwood, Harold (ed.), The Centenary History of the Wallaby Club, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993. List of members page 131, additional references pages 103.

Prepared by: Gavan McCarthy

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The Wallaby Club is a Melbourne-based walking club established in 1894 with a strong bias towards good fellowship, talking and an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. Membership is strictly limited and is by invitation only.

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