A D (Dale) Trendall was one of the greatest historians of Greek art of the twentieth century and the world authority on the red-figured vases produced in the Greek colonies and native towns of South Italy and Sicily during the Classical period (5 th and 4 th centuries). Professor Trendall believed that Australian scholars had made, and could continue to make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the colonial Greeks in South Italy . To this end, he bequeathed his vast archive of over 40,000 photographs of South Italian red-figure vases and his extraordinary personal library of books and journals on Classical civilisation to La Trobe University to form the basis for a Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies that is located on the Bundoora campus.