Manning Clark’s History of Australia

21 October 2022

By: Centre For The Australian Way Of Life

Michael Cathcart (editor), 1989

Sitting down in his flat at Balliol College, Oxford, in October 1938, the drum beat of war growing louder across Europe, a twenty-three year old Manning Clark wrote an impassioned letter to his future wife, Dymphna.

‘I feel certain that I can write something one day on Australian history … I believe quite passionately that Australia is a ‘weird’ country and that its weirdness has never been portrayed except in lan