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Dinner with the Founding Fathers-bookcover

By: Everald Compton

Dinner with the Founding Fathers

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Few Australians have any awareness of how their nation was established on 1 January 1901 when six self-governing British colonies joined together as one nation.

It was achieved after a dozen years of superb negotiations in which Federation conventions drafted and agreed on a splendid constitution which was approved by six colonial parliaments, six referendums in which ordinary Australians had their say, negotiations in London to have the British parliament gave its approval and finally gain the agreement of a difficult Queen Victoria who wanted the six colonies to become counties of England.

Above all, it was achieved without violence, unlike their counterparts in USA.

Everald Compton has now written a vivid account of it all as he creates a dinner held ten years after Federation in which the founding fathers relive the great political and legal battles they fought and the huge parochial attitudes they overcame to create a nation.

It is one of those books which makes you stay awake to turn the
next page.

More importantly, it will get you thinking about the changes that are needed to the Constitution 120 years after Federation to make it relevant to a hugely different and rapidly changing world.

Everald Compton is an 88-year-old Australian who has for all of his life had a consuming interest in the history and politics of his homeland.

This has been highlighted by the success of his bestselling book THE MAN ON THE TWENTY DOLLAR NOTES which tells the inspirational life story of Flynn of the Inland, pioneer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

He is well known as the founder of National Seniors Australia, the largest community institution in the nation advocating the needs of older Australians, and as the founder of the Inland Railway project that will link Melbourne and Darwin.

He received the Order of Australia in 1992 for his services to the community and the Centenary Medal for his services to the Transport industry.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

He has served as an Elder of the Uniting Church for more than six decades and for half a century has been a regular visitor to the Australian Parliament where he has many personal friends among MP’s from all political parties.

In DINNER WITH THE FOUNDING FATHERS, he has vividly captured the drama and excitement that surrounded the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.

He lives in Brisbane with his wife Helen.

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