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Paul Katz – A Towering Legacy

Paul Katz (1957-2014), who suddenly died on November 20 following a brief battle with cancer, was one of the world’s great architects.

David Armstrong, 1926 – 2014

David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals – a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any Australian philosopher.

Burke’s Great Melody Against It | Book Review

Conservative MP Jesse Norman set out to write an introduction to the ideas, context, and continuing relevance of Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Whig iconoclast and fierce critic of the French Revolution.

Joseph Roth on the End of the World

In the past few decades the writings, novels and essays of Joseph Roth (1894-1939) have undergone a renaissance. Michael Hofmann’s translations have brought many of the more obscure works of the Mitteleuropa-Jewish writer to an English language audience.

Michael Maher: MP put his heart and soul into bettering lives

Michael Maher was greatly admired across the political spectrum as a diligent, local MP who saw the vocation of politics as serving the people. The representation of his constituents was not a chore to be endured but high politics was ancillary to the essential, noble tasks of representing the public.

Rise and Fall of an Empire: David Coe, 1954-2013

David Coe had a multitude of interests, activities and lives as entrepreneur, investor, investment banker, business strategist, family man, art collector, sports lover. He co-founded, led and lost one of Australia’s most significant investment outfits, Allco.

Union Leader Guided by Principles: Michael O’Sullivan, 1941-2013

Michael O’Sullivan was leader of the Federated Clerks Union, a superannuation pioneer and a corporate governance advocate. He was the chair of the $7 billion CareSuper fund (a director from 1996 to 2012) and president for a decade to 2011 of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

Ross, Lloyd Robert Maxwell, 1901-1987

Lloyd Robert Maxwell Ross (1901-1987), adult educator, trade union official and writer, was born on 28 February 1901 in Brisbane, elder child of Sydney-born Robert (Bob) Samuel Ross, printer, and his Brisbane-born wife Ethel, née Slaughter.

Real Estate’s Rolling Stone | Book Review

This clearly written memoir deserves recommending to anyone in property markets. Ideas about lessons learnt and doing well are compellingly told.

A Tribute to Jeff Shaw

Labour History, No. 99, November 2010, pp. 209-210

Maher Created a Powerful Force: Jim Maher, 1927-2009

As the national leader of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (the “shoppos” or “shoppies” union) from 1970 to 1995, Jim Maher was one of the most significant Australian unionists in the past 50 years.

John Archibald McCallum (1892 – 1973)

John Archibald McCallum (1892-1973), politician and schoolteacher, was born on 31 July 1892 at Mittagong, New South Wales, second child of Archibald Duncan McCallum, a coach-builder from Scotland, and his Welsh-born wife Catherine Margaret, née Protheroe.

James Denis Kenny, 1906 – 1967

James Denis Kenny (1906-1967), glassworker and trade union official, was born on 27 November 1906 at Waterloo, Sydney, fourth child of native-born parents James Kenny, wagon driver, and his wife Margaret, née Rowley.

McKell : the achievements of Sir William McKell

Published by Allen & Unwin, 1988