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Felicia - The Political Memoirs of Don Dunstan

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Felicia - The Political Memoirs of Don Dunstan

Felicia - The Political Memoirs of Don Dunstan

Felicia by Don Dunstan

Used hardback: .1981 edition  hard back good condition -  clean book tight binding - minor scuffing to boards at corners - no other marks tears - loose or missing pages some fading to the spine of the dustcover

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Macmillan 1981 328 pp., indexed, 8 pp black and white photographs , photographic illustrated dust wrapper.

 The memoirs of a one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Australias Political History. A Labor party politician whose charisma and sense of social justice, enabled him to institute changes in South Australia that were soon echoed elsewhere in Australia.

About the Author Don Dunstan


Donald Allan Dunstan was born in Suva, Fiji on 21 September 1926. After early schooling he transferred to South Australia and attended Murray Bridge High School, St Peter's College, and the University of Adelaide, graduating with a law degree in 1948. For some years he practised law in Fiji and later in Adelaide. He was appointed a QC in 1965.

Don Dunstan became involved in Australian Labor Party politics, and in 1953 successfully stood for the House of Assembly seat of Norwood. In Frank Walsh's government Dunstan held the position of Attorney-General and Minister of Community Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs. When Frank Walsh retired as premier in May 1967 Dunstan was elected leader of the Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) and became Premier. The Labor Party was defeated in the 1968 election but in 1970 Dunstan was re-elected Premier, and thus began the so-called "Dunstan decade" of political reform. Dunstan resigned from politics due to ill health, in early 1979. Dunstan was awarded The Companion of the Order of Australia in June 1979.

During Don Dunstan's premiership South Australia was socially transformed. Among Don Dunstan's many reforms were those concerned with Aboriginal land rights, equal opportunities, consumer protection, town planning and the environment and the restructuring of electoral law. He also encouraged a flourishing of the arts, with support for the Adelaide Festival Centre, the State Theatre Company, and the establishment of the South Australian Film Corporation.

After leaving politics Don Dunstan published his political memoirs "Felicia" in 1981. He became the first director of Tourism Victoria in 1982, and then chairman of the Victorian Tourism Commission until 1986. He was national president of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign 1982-87, president of the Movement for Democracy in Fiji from 1987, and national chairman of Community Aid Abroad 1992-93. Always interested in food, and the author of a cookbook in 1976, he established, in 1994, the Don's Table restaurant, The Parade, Norwood, with partner Steven Cheng. He was an Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University from 1997-1999.

Dunstan was married twice: to Gretel in 1949, with whom he had a daughter and two sons; and to Adele Koh in 1976.

Don Dunstan died in Adelaide on 6 February 1999.

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