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A trinity man abroad: Sir Winthrop Hackett

Bolton, G. (2000) A trinity man abroad: Sir Winthrop Hackett. Studies in Western Australian History (20). pp. 67-80.

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There was a time when Western Australians remembered the goldrush decade of the 1890s as ruled by a triumvirate of Sir John Forrest, Winthrop Hackett, and Bishop Charles Riley. As one elderly man put it to me: 'Forrest ran the politics, Hackett ran the press, and Riley was minister for junket'. This was never quite the whole story, as Riley did not arrive until 1894, and Forrest had other powerful advisers such as his brother Alexander and Charles Harper; but it reflected the power that influential individuals in strategic roles could exercise in a small community, as well perhaps as the Masonic links between Hackett and Riley. None of the triumvirate has an adequate biography although as I write the publication of Frank Crowley's magnum opus on Forrest is imminent. Good short accounts have been written for the Australian Dictionary of Biography by Lyall Hunt on Hackett and Peter Boyce on Riley, but the bigger studies have yet to come.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Western Australia. Centre for Western Australian History
Copyright: 2000 Centre for Western Australian History, Dept. of History, The University of Western Australian History
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