Dr Malcolm J. Turnbull is a former teacher, a historian and (currently) a Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre, within the MGSE. Born in Tasmania in 1952, he was educated at the Universities of Tasmania, New England, Ballarat and Melbourne. His Ph.D. at Deakin University was awarded the 1995 Isi Leibler Prize. His first book, Elusion Aforethought
(1996) was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Other publications include Victims or Villains (
1998), Safe Haven
(2000), A Time to Keep
(with Graf & Baskin, 2005) and Onemda: With Loving Care
(2006). He has contributed chapters or articles to multiple monographs, including A Few from Afar
(2003), Jewish Christian Relations
(2005), the Companion to Tasmanian HIstory
(2005), Carlton: a History
(2004), For we are Young and ?
(2011) and the Australian Dictionary of Biography
(Vol 15) and is the author of some 40 journal articles, including contributions to CADS, Youth & Society, Curriculum Perspectives, Sidelights on Sayers, The Cornstalk Gazette, Trad & Now
. Much of his writing on the Australian folk revival is archived online by the Australian Folklore Unit.
Dr Turnbull taught for many years in the State Special Education sector and subsequently co-ordinated an ACFE Literacy program for Adults with disabilities at the Onemda Centre, Doncaster, for 16 years. At the YRC, he works primarily in the area of Transitions, partnering Dr Helen Stokes in projects such as Evaluations of the Young African Men's Program, the Victoria Police Youth Assist Program, Youth Partnerships and the Education Benalla Project.
As a historian, his areas of specialisation are the Australian Jewish community, classic English detective fiction and the Australian chapter of the Great Folk
Tasmanian Historical Research Association.
Ordinary member 1994 -
Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria).
Honorary Life Member since 2001 1985 -