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The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins


Geoffrey Bolton is senior scholar in residence at Murdoch University (Chancellor 2002–06) and an emeritus professor at Edith Cowan University. He continues to research and write on Australian history, British Commonwealth history, and eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British and Irish history. His most recent book is Paul Hasluck: A Life (2014).

Nicholas Brown is a professor of history in the Research School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University. He is the author of several books including Governing Prosperity: Social Analysis and Social Change in Australia in the 1950s (1995) and A History of Canberra (2014). He is currently working on a collaborative study of Sir John Crawford with Stuart McIntyre, David Lee, Frank Bongiorno, and Dennis Blight.

Selwyn Cornish is an adjunct associate professor in the Research School of Economics at The Australian National University, and the official historian of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is the author of The Evolution of Central Banking in Australia (2010), and (with William Coleman and Alf Hagger) Giblin’s Platoon: The Trials and Triumphs of the Economist in Australian Public Life (2006).

Peter Edwards is an historian and biographer, who has published extensively on Australian and international history and politics. He is the author of Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins (2006), which won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for history and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for non-fiction.

Samuel Furphy is a research fellow in the National Centre of Biography at The Australian National University, where he has worked as a research editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography since 2010. His most recent book is Edward M. Curr and the Tide of History (2013), based on his doctoral research at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the recipient of an Australian Research Council early career research award.

Ian Hancock is an historian and biographer and a former lecturer at Monash University and The Australian National University. A leading historian of the Liberal Party in Australia, he is the author of several political biographies and is currently completing a biography of a former Attorney General and leading barrister, Tom Hughes. He is also working with Nicholas Brown on a biography of Sir Frederick Wheeler.

Jeremy Hearder studied at Melbourne and Stanford universities before serving as an Australian diplomat for 38 years. His postings abroad were Vientiane, Dar es Salaam, Bangkok, Nairobi, Brussels, Harare (as High Commissioner), Suva (as High Commissioner), Chicago (as Consul General), and Wellington (as Deputy High Commissioner). He is the author of Jim Plim Ambassador Extraordinary: A Biography of Sir James Plimsoll (2015).

Adam Hughes Henry completed a PhD thesis in the School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, at The Australian National University in 2012. A book based on his thesis, The Gatekeepers and Australian Foreign Policy, will be published in 2015. He is currently a visiting fellow in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, and a research associate in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

David Horner is an emeritus professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University, where he has worked since 1990. Earlier he served for 25 years in the Australian Army. He is the author or editor of 32 books, including Defence Supremo: Sir Frederick Shedden and the Making of Australian Defence Policy (2000) and The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO, Volume I: 1949–1963 (2014).

Sir Peter Lawler joined the Department of Post-War Reconstruction in 1944 and transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department in 1950. He was deputy secretary from 1964 before serving as secretary of the departments of the Special Minister of State (1972–75) then Administrative Services (1975–83). From 1983, until his retirement in 1986, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and Ambassador to the Holy See.

David Lee is director of the Historical Publications and Information Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has published several books on the history of Australian foreign policy, international history, and the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth. He is currently writing a history of mining in Australia after 1960, and working on a collaborative study of Sir John Crawford.

Stuart Macintyre is an emeritus laureate professor of the University of Melbourne. He is the author of many books, including The History Wars (2003, with Anna Clark) and a co-editor (with Alison Bashford) of The Cambridge History of Australia (2013). His history of post-war reconstruction, Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction, will be published in 2015.

John R. Martin was a public servant for over 30 years in New Zealand, serving in the Department of Island Territories, the Treasury, the Department of Health, and the New Zealand Planning Council. He has also taught public policy at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

Alex Millmow is an associate professor of economics at Federation University, Ballarat, and a former officer of the Commonwealth Treasury. He has published extensively on Keynesian economics and is a founder and co-editor of the Journal of Economic and Social Policy.

J.R. Nethercote is an adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus. At different times he worked for the Public Service Board, the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration, the Public Service Commission of Canada, and the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration. He edited the Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration for 20 years. Among the books he has edited or jointly edited are Parliament and Bureaucracy (1982), The Menzies Era (1995), The House on Capital Hill (1996) and Liberalism and the Australian Federation (2001).

Tim Rowse is a professorial fellow at the University of Western Sydney. He has worked mainly within the history discipline, but his formal training is in government, sociology and anthropology. He is the author or editor of many books, including two on H.C. Coombs: Nugget Coombs: A Reforming Life (2002) and Obliged to be Difficult: Nugget Coombs’ Legacy in Indigenous Affairs (2000).

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