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Manning Clark

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Manning Clark (1915 - 1991) is one of Australia's best known historians, recognised for his mammoth seven volume work simply entitled "History of Australia". He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civil honor, in 1975, and was Australian of the Year in 1980. An unashamedly left-wing historian, Clark left behind one of the most comprehensive and influential bodies of work in the field.

Clark, born in Melbourne, was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, the University of Melbourne and later Oxford University, and taught at Melbourne before moving to Australian National University in Canberra for the latter part of his career. His wife, Dymphna (1916 - 2000), was an academic linguist, teaching German at the ANU. She also translated and published, in 1994, Baron Charles von Hügel's New Holland Journal November 1833-October 1834. They had six children.

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