'Now is the psychological moment'–Earle Page and the imagining of Australia

Earle Page

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.

This lecture is being organised by the Parliamentary Library and is free for members of the public. Please register to ensure capacity of the venue is not exceeded.

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Date & time

Wed 24 Feb 2021, 1.15–2.15pm


Parliament House Theatre


Dr Stephen Wilks


National Centre of Biography



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