Biographical Dictionary Of The Australian Senate Volume 1

Biographical Dictionary Of The Australian Senate Volume 1

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The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate covers the period 1901-1929, the period in which the Parliament operated from Melbourne. This first volume provides short articles on Australia s Senators during the first thirty years of the Federal Parliament. These entries place particular emphasis on the events of a Senator s parliamentary experience, contributions to debates, committee work, parliamentary positions as well as ministerial appointments. It provides also a window on the colonial and post-colonial societies in which these ninety-nine Senators and their three Clerks lived and worked. It explains how miners, merchants, constitutionalists, soldiers, printers, trade unionists, adventurers and pastoralists became Senators, and how, in an essentially egalitarian society, they melded together as Australia s first federal parliamentarians. It tells of their work as legislators during a period when Australia was making a unique contribution to democracy itself, and reveals the excitement felt by conservatives and non-conservatives alike as they shaped the beginnings of an Australian nation. The contribution of these Senators to Australian public lshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 177.8 x 248.9 x 38.1mm | 1,360.79g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • portraits
  • 0522849210
  • 9780522849219

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"A valuable contribution to the history of federation...It succeeds as an institutional history and an anthology and as an excellent reference booke, lending itself to pleasant browsing rather than a straight reading." --"The Canberra Times"show more

About Ann Millar

Ann Millar is a writer and editor who has worked in the Department of the Senate since 1987. She became Director of the Biographical Dictionary Unit in 1997. Her publications include I See No End to Travelling, and Trust the Women- Women in the Federal more