Sir David Plumley DERHAM (1920-1985)
Dean, Faculty of Law (1963-1968)
Professor Derham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Professor Derham practised as a barrister, 1948-51; Independent Lecturer in Constitutional Law, 1949-51, Professor of Jurisprudence,1951-64, University of Melbourne; Member of the Chief Justice's Law Reform Committee, 1951-63; Visiting Tutor in Law, Wadham College, Oxford University, 1953; Carnegie Travelling Fellow, 1953-54; Constitutional Law consultant to the Indian Law Institute, 1958-59; Senior Research Fellow in Law and Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago Law School, 1961; Visiting Professor at Northwestern University Law School, 1961.
During World War II, Professor Derham served as a major in the Australian Imperial Force.
In 1963, Professor Derham was appointed founding dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He resigned in order to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne in 1968.
Minutes of Meeting No. 1/68 (Special Meeting) of the Faculty of Law (pdf 21kb)
- Member of Victorian Chief Justice's Law Reform Committee (1951-58);
- Member of the Victorian Council of Legal Education (1951-68);
- Member of the Board of Management of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1958-82);
- President of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria (1963-64);
- Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (1964);
- Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne (1968-82);
- Member of the Board of Management of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (1968-82);
- Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board of Management (1973-82);
- Chairman of Australian Vice-Chancellor's Committee (1975-76)
- Member of the Order of the British Empire (1945);
- Supreme Court Prize (1947);
- Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (1968);
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Monash University (1968);
- Honorary Doctor of Law, University of Melbourne;
- Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1977)
Sources of information
Who's Who in Australia, 1985. Personnel file.
David Derham Faculty of Law