Arthur Augustus Calwell is hardly the most celebrated or mythologised politician in the history of the Australian Labor Party. His achievements as the first minister for immigration have been overshadowed by his very public advocacy of the White Australia policy. Calwell’s ultimate personal ambition to become prime minister was denied him. Even his crazy-brave last stand as Opposition leader in the 1966 election – running an anti-conscription campaign when support for the Vietnam War was at its peak – has not acquired the legendary aura of the Dismissal of the Whitlam government nine years later.
Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'I Am Bound to be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell, 1896–1973' by Mary Elizabeth Calwell
Arthur Calwell’s long and controversial career
I Am Bound to be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell, 1896–1973
by Mary Elizabeth Calwell
Mosaic Press, $39.95 pb, 260 pp, 9781743241400
Read the rest of this article by subscribing to ABR Online for as little as $10 a month. We offer a range of subscription options, including print, which can be found by clicking here. If you are already a subscriber, enter your username and password in the ‘Log In’ section in the top right-hand corner of the screen. If you require assistance, contact us or consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Lyndon Megarrity is a Queensland historian and tertiary teacher. He is the author of Northern Dreams: The Politics of Northern Development in Australia (2018).
By this contributor
- Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Elections Matter: Ten federal elections that shaped Australia' edited by Benjamin T. Jones, Frank Bongiorno, and John Uhr
- Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Back from the Brink, 1997–2001: The Howard Government Volume II' edited by Tom Frame
- Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'We’ll Show the World: Expo 88' by Jackie Ryan
Leave a comment
Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.
NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.