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Title: Review of John Connor, 'Anzac and Empire; George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2011). pp. 248. $59.95, cloth
Contributor(s): Wise, Nathan  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.5263/labourhistory.104.0233
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Abstract: Until recently, there was no full biography of George Foster Pearce, the Labor, then Nationalist, then United Australia Party (UAP) politician who, among other achievements, established the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Military College at Duntroon, and the Australian Flying Corps. John Connor's book, 'Anzac and Empire: George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence', thus serves an important role in shedding light on the man who was elected in Australia's first Senate, was Australia's longest-serving Senator and inaugural Father of the Senate from 1923 to 1938. Needless to say, Pearce experienced a long and fulfilling political life. Although Peter Heydon, his former private secretary, published a memoir of Pearce in 1965, it is surprising that it has taken so long for his political life to be explored in this way.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Labour History (104), p. 233-235
Publisher: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0023-6942
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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