Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Frank Anstey: From Heroic Persona to Embattled Identity

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2004), 87, (1), 123–145.

Abstract

Frank Anstey’s political career in the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments (1902-34) centred around his reputation as a working-class hero and harbinger of revolution in the 1917-21 ‘red dawn’. The volatile energy that drove his indefatigable organising, passionate oratory and dramatic writing was such that the public persona it fuelled gradually suffused his private identity. But when political Labor surrendered to the strictures of orthodox economics and the people acquiesced in the wretched compromises of 1930-31, his public persona collapsed into an embittered cynicism and, as death approached, his personal identity retreated in time to a smaller, private world through a romantic reconstruction of childhood.

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Love, Peter

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