The Something to Declare

The Something to Declare : A Memoir

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Sir James Gobbo is an exemplar of Australia's multicultural society. Australian-born but spending his early childhood in Italy, he returned with his family to Australia at the age of seven. In time, he would become a Rhodes Scholar, successful barrister, Judge of the Supreme Court and Governor of Victoria. In these engaging memoirs, Sir James reflects for the first time on his involvement with immigration reform and in the growth of multicultural policy as Founding Chairman of the Australian Council of Multicultural Affairs and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and as President of Co.As.It., the largest Italian community organisation in Australia. Alongside these achievements, the book traces Sir James's extensive contributions to areas as diverse as artisanship training, the Australian honours system, hospital administration and philanthropy. Shining through his account is Sir James's profound gratitude to the people who made his journey so rewarding and gave him the chance to succeed. His unswerving belief in Australia's capacity to go on providing newcomers with opportunities is a consistent theme of this timely and inspiring more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 680.39g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522857310
  • 9780522857313
  • 1,342,839

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"In his long and varied life Sir James Gobbo has gathered many memories and amusing experiences and encounters with a rich cross-section of Australian society and he shares many of them in this relaxed and entertaining memoir." --"Canberra Times"show more

About James Gobbo

Sir James Gobbo is chairman of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the National Library of Australia council. He is a former Supreme Court judge and governor of more

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