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A Toppled Labor Giant: Arthur Griffith: NSW’s Revolutionary Minister for Public Works & Education


By Morris Graham
Published by Morris Graham

Hunter Press is pleased to offer for sale historian Morris Graham's latest title.

Arthur Griffith’s successful political career, built over twenty years, took only two years to collapse in ruins. He had lost his sense of destiny as a significant public figure in his family’s Irish tradition.

The switch from industrial to political muscle by the Australian Labor Party to gain reforms was life-changing. Physically and mentally fearless, the Tory became a Laborite.

Griffith’s first lucky political break was winning a seat in the New South Wales Parliament against the odds in 1894. He strengthened his position in the Party and Parliament with clear well-argued definite opinions, freely given, on all matters national or state.

Public Works and Education were ideal positions in the first Labor governments for the unconventional Griffith with his intellect, vision and drive but his public career was shattered by his support for conscription in 1916. However, his unconventional private life continued.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Morris Graham has a PhD in Australian political history from the University of Sydney. He is the author of A Beginner’s Book of Australian Politics, A.B. Piddington: The Last Radical Liberal, a chapter on Piddington in The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, a chapter on Griffith in The Worldly Art of Politics and various articles in the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. He headed an English/History departments in NSW schools, lectured in History at Newcastle Teachers College and retired as Senior Lecturer and Head of the Social Sciences Department at Newcastle College of Advanced Education.

ISBN: 978-0-646-97157-5; 234 x 156mm; 244pp; 21 black and white illustrations


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