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Death of a Great Australian


Baird, BJ, Death of a Great Australian, Journal of Australian Studies, 25, (71) pp. 73-82. ISSN 1444-3058 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/14443050109387722


Don Dunstan was a Labor member of the South Australian parliament for over twenty-five years and premier for ten during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. As premier he presided over a period of significant reform and political and cultural reinvigoration in South Australia. His involvement in political life, across many arena, continued until his death on 6 February 1999. He was described in a newspaper report at the time of his death as 'one of the two great post-war Labor renaissance leaders'.1 On the occasion of the memorial service to commemorate Dunstan the Adelaide Festival Centre was adorned with a banner that read 'Don Dunstan 1926-1999 A Great Australian'. Dunstan had long been associated with homosexuality. The representation of this association in public responses to his death is the subject of this article.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Baird, BJ (Dr Barbara Baird)
ID Code:22533
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-03

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