Earle Page (1880–1961) was Australia’s 11th Prime Minister and served for only 19 days after the death of Joseph Lyons. He was also a surgeon, Country Party leader and treasurer. Over decades, he made determined efforts to seize ‘the psychological moment’ and pursue his vision of a decentralised and regionalised nation. Effervescent, intelligent and somewhat eccentric, Page was one of Australia’s great optimists.
Dr Stephen Wilks studied economic history at Monash University and did his PhD in Australian history at the Australian National University where he now works in the ANU National Centre of Biography. In 2020 he published a study of Earle Page's life and thought, available via ANU Press.
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