Greener, Herbert Leslie (1900-1974)

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Journalist; Author; Egyptologist; Archaeologist; Writer; Educator
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Herbert Leslie Greener (1900-1974), journalist, author and Egyptologist, was born on 13 February 1900 at Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa, only son of Herbert Greener, a captain in the British Army,...

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Herbert Leslie Greener was a man of many talents. He was a journalist, author of both adult's and children's books, an artist and illustrator, and a gifted epigraphist. He was also a teacher of creative writing for Adult Education in Tasmania - an organization he was Foundation Director of. While a prisoner-of-war in Changi camp Greener illustrated the children's book which fellow prisoner David Griffin had written as a Christmas present for the children in the camp. Hebert Greener made numerous trips to Egypt throughout his life, where he worked mainly for the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor. He also wrote nine books, many of which were based on his war or Egyptian experiences.

After graduating from England's Royal Military College (1918), Greener spent five years as an officer in the Indian Army. This was followed by some years working as a journalist and artist in New Zealand and Australia. Greener moved to Paris in 1927 to study art then went to Egypt where he taught art and French at Victoria College in Alexandria. In 1936 he returned to Australia and took up journalism again. During the second world war Greener enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was sent to Malaya as captain and divisional intelligence officer of the 8th Division (1941). Twelve months after arriving he was captured by the Japanese and sent to the Changi Prisoner-of-War Camp in Singapore.

When released from Changi and back in Australia, Greener took up journalism again and began writing two books about his war experience ( & ). He also became Foundation Director of the Adult Education in Tasmania and taught creative writing. In 1954 he resigned from that organization to concentrate on freelance writing and broadcasting. He returned to Egypt and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor to continue his epigraphic work. Later he worked for the Ikhnaton Temple project run by the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Australia, and Tasmania in 1968.

  • Education - Royal Military College at Sandhurst, UK
  • Career position - Officer in the Indian Army
  • Education - Art studies at the Académie Julian in Paris
  • Career position - Epigraphist at Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor, Egypt
  • Life event - Moved to Australia (Sydney)
  • Career position - War service with the Australian Imperial Force
  • Life event - Prisoner of war at Changi, Singapore
  • Career position - Returned to Australia and transferred to the Reserve of Officers
  • Career position - Journalist in Sydney
  • Career position - published in Sydney
  • Career position - published
  • Career position - Foundation Director of Adult Education in Australia
  • Career position - published in New York
  • Career position - published, New York
  • Award - Commonwealth Literary Fellowship received
  • Career position - published in London
  • Career position - Epigraphist with the Epigraphic Survey Department of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor, Egypt
  • Career position - published in London
  • Career position - published in London
  • Career position - Chairman of the Tasmanian Historical Society
  • Career position - written with Norman Laird, published in Tasmania
  • Career position - posthumously published
  • Career position - posthumously published in Tasmania

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Greener, Herbert Leslie
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Greener, Herbert Leslie (1900-1974)
    Giordano, Margaret
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 14, 344

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