Morris Graham holds the degrees of BA and PhD in Australian political history from University of Sydney, MLitt from the University of New England and MA from the University of Newcastle, both on American political history. He has published A Beginner’s Book of Australian Politics (Social Science Press 1986), a primer much overdue for a revision; A.B. Piddington: the Last Radical Liberal (UNSW Press 1995); a chapter on Piddington in The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (Oxford University Press 2001); chapter on Griffith in The Worldly Art of Politics (The Federation Press 2006) and related articles on Newcastle in the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. He was head of an English/History department in the New South Wales education system, lectured in History at Newcastle Teachers College and retired as Senior Lecturer and Head of the Social Sciences Department at Newcastle College of Advanced Education in 1986.
Arthur Hill Griffith had long been hailed as a giant in the Labor Party. In 1913 he was given most of the credit as Minister for Public Works for the Party’s triumphant electoral success confirming it as a credible party of government in New South Wales. To what extent was he responsible for the destruction of his hitherto brilliant career in the political life of New South Wales?