Dr Ursula Hoff (1909-2005) arrived in Melbourne in 1939.  She was the first individual with professional qualifications in art history and curatorship to be employed in an art gallery or museum in Australia.  Hoff is known for her distinguished contribution to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), where she brought a unique combination of scholarship and importantly a ‘good eye’. This study offers a fascinating glimpse of Australian culture as it changed in the years post World War 2.  Hoff’s diaries also give a rare inside account of the NGV and the power struggles that took place over acquisitions.  Above all, it is a tribute to Australia’s enrichment from migrations that occurred as a result of Fascism’s impact on Europe.

About the author: Colin Holden was an assistant priest and archivist at St Peter’s, Eastern Hill, Melbourne, and  an associate professor of history at the University of Melbourne. He wrote extensively on Australian art and Australian church history. Colin will be remembered for his definitive work: Piranesi’s Grandest Tour: From Europe to Australia.  Colin Holden was a social historian and  curated exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria and Geelong Art Gallery. He was awarded a Redmond Barry Fellowship by the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne to research this book and the associated exhibition.

Publisher Australian Scholarly Pub., 2009

ISBN    1921509279, 9781921509278

Length    275 pages

RRP: $49.95 (plus postage and handling)

To order your copy of the book, please contact the Ursula Hoff Institute directly.