The Japanese Studies Centre notes with regret the death of Professor Harold (Hal) Bolitho, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at Monash University in the 1970s and early 1980s and a Board Member of the Centre for several years. He played a significant role in the development of Japanese Studies in Australia during that time, and is fondly remembered by former colleagues and students. He moved to the United States in 1985 to take up a chair in Japanese History at Harvard. His books included Treasures Among Men: The Fudai Daimyo in Tokugawa Japan (Yale UP, 1974), Meiji Japan (Cambridge UP, 1977) and Bereavement and Consolation: Testimonies from Tokugawa Japan (Yale UP, 2003). The Japanese Studies Centre extends its sympathy to his family.
A memorial service for Professor Bolitho will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday 22 November 2010 at Trinity College Chapel, University of Melbourne.
Acting Director, JSC