Seymour Biography Lecture 2019: Public life, private man. Writing the biography of Alfred Deakin.

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3 Oct 2019

The core challenge of political biography is to answer the question, why politics? What inner needs did it fulfil, and what emotional and psychological resources were mustered for its accomplishment? These questions are harder to answer for Alfred Deakin than for less complex political leaders. Deakin was a gifted orator and successful politician who was a father of federation and Australia’s most significant Prime Minister until World War Two. Yet he was also a deeply private man with an intense intellectual and spiritual life who wondered often if politics was the right path for him. In the lecture the tensions and synergies between Deakin’s public and private lives will be discussed.

Supported by Dr John and Mrs Heather Seymour AO.

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3 Oct 2019

Once Only Event



Parkes Place West, National Library of Australia, Parkes, 2600

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