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Humphrey McQueen


Humphrey McQueen is a freelance historian and cultural commentator. Widely known in Australia through his books, radio commentaries, articles and public speeches he is in demand as a guest lecturer, critic and consultant.

Humphrey is the author of 19 books that cover history, the media, politics and the visual arts. His articles appear regularly in the Bulletin and his two classic books of Australian history – A New Britannia, and Social Sketches of Australia – were reissued in 2004. His latest work is A Framework of Flesh – the first installment of his research into the history of builder’s labourers and their unions.

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