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Samuel Griffith: The great provincial

Bolton, G. (1991) Samuel Griffith: The great provincial. In: One People, One Destiny—Papers given at a series of Senate Occasional Lectures to commemorate the centenary of the National Australasian Convention 1891. Parliament House. Dept. of the Senate, Canberra, A.C.T.

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In dealing with the contribution of Sir Samuel Griffith to the framing of the Federal Constitution at the 1891 National Australasian Convention whose centenary we are now celebrating I can make no claim to originality. Griffith has already been the subject of Roger Joyce's magisterial biography,1 as well as in two postgraduate theses which have stood the test of time, one by Bishop John Vockler and one by Dr Ross Johnston.2 Nevertheless, Griffith was a complex and many-sided character, subtle and guarded in his lifetime, elusive for his subsequent biographers. We may be too readily misled by the portraits of his mature years, in which the face is framed in the trappings of high judicial office and the mouth shrouded by a generous white beard. He may have seemed cold and even dull; but he wasn't...

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Parliament House. Dept. of the Senate
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Notes: Papers on Parliament; No. 13.
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