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Kenneth Gordon McIntyre OBE (22 August 1910–20 May 2004) was an Australian lawyer, historian and mathematician who is perhaps best known for his controversial book The Secret Discovery of Australia - Portuguese ventures 200 years before Captain Cook.

McIntyre was born in Geelong, Victoriamarker in 1910 and graduated from Geelong College as Dux of the School in 1926. He went on to study Arts and Law at the University of Melbournemarker and on graduation taught at the University from 1931 to 1945. In 1945 he left his teaching position and took on a legal practice in Box Hillmarker, Melbournemarker and stood for mayor. He won the election and took a special interest in housing cooperatives. For his work on housing he was awarded an Order of the British Empire.

On retiring from public office in 1956, McIntyre returned to a passion for Portuguese history and undertook his main work on early Portuguese exploration of Australia. The Secret Discovery of Australia was published in 1977 and became a well known and contentious book in Australia. The Portuguese Government awarded McIntyre the Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator in 1983 for his work on promoting Portuguese exploration.

Following his death in 2004, McIntyre's family gave to the manuscript collection at the National Library of Australiamarker papers and documents relating to the Portuguese voyages and the early mapping of the western Pacific.

McIntyre's interest in mathematics led him to developed a mathematical system for managing the playoff in what was then known as the Victorian Football League. The algorithm developed by McIntyre determines which teams would complete in the Grand Final. Known as the McIntyre System, it was first implemented in 1931 for the VFL and a version of this system was used by the AFL until 2000. The McIntyre Final Eight System is still used by the Australian National Rugby League.


  • The Secret Discovery of Australia : Portuguese ventures 200 years before Captain Cook (Souvenir Press, 1977) ISBN 0285623036
  • The Rebello transcripts : Governor Phillip's Portuguese prelude (Souvenir Press, 1984) ISBN 0285626035

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