Item S5.2 - Personal message from Jack Harding. Rockhampton North (197?) 4 p.

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Personal message from Jack Harding. Rockhampton North (197?) 4 p.


  • 1973-1977. (Creation)

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Save our State Campaign (1973-1977).
Objectives - To support Australian freedoms and the christian way of life; to preserve the sovereign state governments with a federal Commonwealth protected by the Constitution; to restore the Senate as a states' house and re-establish such rights and privileges to the states as existed at federation; to support the Crown, the rule of law, equality before the law, property ownership and the autonomy of local government.
Publicists - Charles Adermann, Raphael Cilento, M. Farrell, G.H. Griffiths, Jack Harding, Jeremy Lee, H.J. Redding, C.W. Russell, G. Rylance.
Notes: The Campaign is associated with the Australian League of Rights, the Rockhampton Anti-Inflation Study Group and with a N.S.W. Save our State Campaign.

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Sir Raphael Cilento was born in 1893 in Jamestown, South Australia. In 1918 he graduated from Adelaide Medical School and became a medical officer for the Australian Army in New Guinea. In 1922 he moved to Townsville to take up the position of Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine. Two years later he was appointed Director of Health and Quarantine Services in New Guinea. From 1928 to 1933 he served as Director of Commonwealth Division of Tropical Hygiene. Cilento left the Commonwealth service in 1934 to take up the role of Director General of Health and Medical Services for the Queensland government, a position he held until 1945. Cilento was made a Knight Bachelor in 1935. From 1937 to 1945, while Director General of Queensland Health, he held an honorary professorship in Social and Tropical Medicine at the University of Queensland. He was admitted to the Bar in Queensland in 1939 and in 1945, at the end of the war, he was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Germany. His UN work continued in 1945 and 1946 as the Director of the Division of Refugees and Displaced Persons. Cilento eturned to Australia in 1951. From 1953 to 1968 he was President of the Royal Queensland Historical Society, and from 1966 to 1970 he served as President of the National Trust of Queensland. Sir Raphael died in 1985.

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John Edward ‘Jack’ Harding was born in Brisbane in 1902 or 1903. His father Edward Harding served in the AIF during WWI and was on a war pension following the war. The family had a soldier settlement block northwest of Rockhampton, where Jack Harding became the secretary of the local settlers' association. During the Great Depression he advanced the Douglas Social Credit concept of Municipal Councils issuing vouchers in return for work done on roads and similar activities. He sold his farm and ran unsuccessfully for the State Parliament as a Social Credit of Australia Party candidate in 1934. Following the Second World War, Harding joined the Labor Party. Because of John Curtin's early support of Social Credit, Harding believed that its ideas might be advanced through the Labor Party. He played a major role in the election of the George Gray to the Federal Parliament for Rockhampton. Harding usually gave his occupation as farmer and business man. From ca. 1944 to ca. 1955 he ran The Farm Exchange in Rockhampton’s Denham Street together with A E Webb. From the mid-1940s he was active in the Monetary Reform League (Rockhampton) and in 1971 established the Rockhampton Anti-Inflation Study Group. He subscribed to the Australian League of Rights publications and lobbied politicians to incorporate social credit principles into their monetary policies, and to establish a Queensland State Bank. The Labor Party opposed his ideas and expelled him from the party. He advanced Capricornia New State Movement principles and also lobbied against cruelty against animals and the fluoridation of public water supplies. Harding died in May 1991.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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