Joseph Lyons: The People’s Prime Minister by Anne Henderson

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December 2011–January 2012, no. 337

Joseph Lyons: The People’s Prime Minister by Anne Henderson

Reviewed by
December 2011–January 2012, no. 337

This book is long overdue. It is eighty years since affable Joseph Lyons, often depicted by cartoonists as a koala, was elected as Australia’s tenth prime minister. He would be re-elected twice before dying in office in April 1939. During his seven years as prime minister, Lyons had to grapple with the Depression, the decline of the British Empire, and the threat of Germany and Japan. Yet no historian until now has seen fit to give Lyons’s life the attention it so clearly deserves.

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