Sir Mungo W. MacCallum, KCMG, MA, LLD, DLitt (hon.)

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1899–1914, & 1916–19

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1899–1914, & 1916–19

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Mungo MacCallum, Scottish-born, graduated in Arts from Glasgow University, and also studied at the universities of Berlin and Leipzig.

He was initially appointed to the foundation chair of Modern Literature at Sydney in 1887, which in 1890 became the Challis chair of Modern Literature, and taught language and literature in English, German and French. On retiring from this post in 1920, he was made honorary professor of English Literature and continued to give lectures.

MacCallum was first appointed as dean of the faculty to succeed W. Scott, and re-appointed seven times under the old system. In 1913 he was the first to be directly elected dean by his peers under the new system but resigned half-way through his term to go overseas. He was again elected in 1916, this time to complete the term of F. Anderson (who, too, had resigned early), and then re-elected for a further full term of office. Prior to being dean, MacCallum had also served as chair of the Professorial Board.

He was made Warden of the university in 1923–24, and then appointed as the first salaried, full-time vice-chancellor of the university (1924–27). His subsequent term as chancellor of the university (1934–36) brought to a close a long, active and very influential career in the affairs of this faculty and the university.

Glasgow University conferred on him an LLD in 1906, and his work as a Shakespeare scholar brought him international recognition and an honorary DLitt from Oxford in 1925. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1926.
Australian Dictionary of Biography