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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857987556
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

The Special Relationship

Australia and the Monarchy




Australia and the British monarchy have an undeniably special relationship, yet they have always made for an odd couple: the rebellious, egalitarian nation wedded to an ancient symbol of social inequality. So what is the magic the royals hold over Australians?

Australia and the British monarchy have an undeniably special relationship, yet they have always made for an odd couple: the rebellious, egalitarian nation wedded to an ancient symbol of
social inequality. So what is the magic the royals hold over Australians?

Queen Victoria was revered in Australia, even though she’d never seen the place and showed little interest in it. When her son Prince Alfred visited in 1867, on the first ever royal tour of Australia, he was received rapturously, and nearly assassinated. In 1954 Australia was gripped by royal fever when newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II landed on its shores; and more than sixty years later, having turned 90, she is as popular in Australia as she ever was. Not only that, but with the popularity of William, Kate, George and Charlotte burgeoning, against the odds the monarchy looks set to enter the hearts and minds of a new generation of Australians.

As one of our most popular writers of Australian history, David Hill guides us with panache through this most peculiar state of affairs.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857987556
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

David Hill

During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; chairman of the Australian Football Association; chief executive of the State Rail Authority; chairman of Sydney Water Corporation; and chairman of CREATE (an organisation representing Australian children in institutional care).

He has also held a number of other executive appointments in the areas of sport, transport, broadcasting, fiscal management and city parks.

In 2006 he was awarded a Diploma of Arts with merit in classical archaeology from Sydney University. He is an honorary associate at the Sydney University departments of archaeology, classics and ancient history, and a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales.

Since 2011 he has been the manager of an archaeological study of the ancient Greek city of Troizen. He has for many years been a leading figure in the international campaign to have the Parthenon sculptures returned from the British Museum to Greece.

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