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- Frank Anstey: from heroic persona to embattled identity
- Love, Peter
- Frank Anstey's political career in the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments (1902–34) centred around his reputation as a working-class hero and harbinger of revolution in the 1917–21 'red dawn'. The volatile energy that drove his indefatigable organising, passionate oratory and dramatic writing was such that the public persona it fuelled gradually suffused his private identity. But when political Labor surrendered to the strictures of orthodox economics and the people acquiesced in the wretched compromises of 1930–31, his public persona collapsed into an embittered cynicism and, as death approached, his personal identity retreated in time to a smaller, private world through a romantic reconstruction of childhood.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Labour History, No. 87 (Nov 2004), pp. 123-145
- Publication year
- Anstey, Francis George, 1865-1940; Australia; Biography; Government; History; Politicians; Politics
- Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2004 The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
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