Biographical entry Benson, Clarence Irving (1897 - 1980)


1 December 1897
Hull, Yorkshire, England
6 December 1980
Clergyman, Journalist and Writer of Inscription


Clarence Irving Benson was a Methodist clergyman and journalist. Appointed superintendent minister at the Wesley Church in Melbourne 1926, Benson initiated a series of popular programmes including the 'Pleasant Sunday Afternoon' gatherings that included Menzies as a speaker. An avid book collector, Benson was trustee (1942-46) of the Public Library and National Gallery of Victoria, chair (1946-66) of trustees of the Public Library of Victoria and deputy-chairman (1966) of the Library Council of Victoria. He was president (1938-49) of the Library Association of Victoria and chairman (1947-56) of the Free Library Service Board. The main exhibition area of the State Library of Victoria, opened in 1967, was named Irving Benson Hall.


Howe, Renate. Benson, Sir Clarence Irving (1897-1980), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 1993, accessed online 6 December 2013.

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