Good Reading : October 2008
hit the books Know your PMs. 1. Match the prime minister with the nickname. a. Edmund Barton 1. The Silver Bodgie b. Alfred Deakin 2. The Doc c. Billy Hughes 3. The Prefect d. Joseph Lyons 4. Artie e. Earle Page 5. Gunner f. Arthur Fadden 6. The Little Digger g. Harold Holt 7. Affable Alfred h. John Gorton 8. Toby Tosspot i. Malcolm Fraser 9. Droop j. Bob Hawke 10. Honest Joe 2. How many of Australia’s prime ministers finished formal schooling before the age of 16? a. Two b. one c. seven d. thirteen 3. Which Australian Prime Minister was born in Valparaiso, Chile? a. Chris Watson b. Joseph Cook c. Edmund Barton d. Paul Keating 4. How many Australian prime ministers have lost their seat in an election while serving? Who were they? 5. Which Australian prime minister was a qualified medical doctor? 6. Which Australian prime minister was once a train driver? 7. Which Australian prime minister holds a world beer-drinking record? 8. Which Australian political party has had the most prime ministers? a. The Liberal Party b. The Australian Labor Party c. The Country Party 9. Which prime minister died in the Lodge? Which other two prime ministers died while in office? 10. Who was Australia’s shortest- serving prime minister (for only eight days)? And who was our longest- serving prime minister? 11. Which Australian prime minister had red hair? 12. Which Australian prime minister had ‘Christmas’ in his name? So you want to be a Prime Minister by Nicholas Brasch, illustrated by David Rowe is published by Black Dog Books, rrp $16.95. Andrew Fisher worked in a coalmine in rural Scotland from the age of about 13, and walked four kilometres every evening to attend night school. At the age of 19, urged by his family and community because of the dearth of food and jobs in his home village, he migrated to Australia, eventually becoming involved in local politics. He was to become our sixth prime minister. In a new biography of Fisher, David Day opens each chapter with a touching picture of the last part of the man’s life, during which time he suffered from dementia.The rest of the biography deals with Fisher’s life chronologically: his childhood and then his marriage and family, simultaneously with his political life and achievements.There was much in this book that intrigued us at the gr office: we hadn’t known this man was a child labourer in a coalmine, or that he was, in effect, self-educated.We hadn’t known that he became prime minister three times, in three separate elections. It got us thinking about how much we know about our prime ministers. We can’t help thinking we ought to be prouder of our history. Everyone knows the story of George Washington and the cherry tree, but who knows which Australian prime minister was born in Valparaiso, Chile? Our fascinating sixth PM is as good a place as any to start. Andrew Fisher: Prime Minister of Australia by David Day is published by HarperCollins, rrp $45.00. yes: prime ministers! Australians in Italy s in t Australians in y y s ustralians in Italy s nsi n Australians y y in Italy s Australians in Italy s Austr Australians s Australians Austral Australians n in Italy in Italy ians in Italy y Australians s s li in Aus r n y y s ustralians in Italy s ns i i n Australians y y s Australians in Italy s Austr AUSTRALIANS IN ITALY CONTEMPORARY LIVES AND IMPRESSIONS Edited by Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup This fascinating book seeks to map the past and present of the Australian love affair with Italy, and yields rich insights into its causes, motivations and transformations. Contributors include former Australian Ambassador to Italy Rory Steele, poet Peter Porter, contemporary artists Euan Heng and Jo-Anne Duggan, as well as distinguished academics and young scholars. Amongst the diverse range of articles and vignettes are chapters by Ian Britain on Donald Friend’s Italian years, Loretta Baldassar exploring the phenomenon of reverse migration, and novelist Lisa Clifford reflecting on her family ties with Italy. Publication August 2008 www.epress.monash.edu All Monash University ePress books are available in print and online Answers: 1. a8, b7, c6, d10, e2, f4, g5, h9, i3, j1 2. seven: Watson, Fisher, Cook, McEwen, Scullin, Curtin, Keating 3. a 4. two: Bruce and Howard 5. Earl Page 6. Ben Chifley 7. Bob Hawke 8. b. 9. John Curtin; Joseph Lyons, Harold Holt. 10. Francis Forde, Robert Menzies. 11. James Scullin 12. Earl Christmas Grafton Page. How well do you score on your knowledge of prime ministerial trivia? We used the new children’s book So You Want to be a Prime Minister, by Nicholas Brasch, to compile these trivia questions.