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Quotations From Chairman Henry Bolte – Australian Politics 1970’s

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This little publication of famous quotes by Australian politician Henry Bolte was issued by the Gold Star Publication in 1971.

It has 25 pages of some of his most memorable quotes and quips.

It is reasonable condition but has become a little soiled from handling.

As far as we are aware it is the only copy we have ever seen so to this end unless there are copies in the National Library it is very rare indeed.  

As per the pictures the cover is somewhat soiled and the internal pages have some yellowing.

Still a highly collectible rarity,



Bolte was a Ballarat born man and attended Ballarat Grammar School. He was a rough-hewn politician who liked to be seen as a simple farmer, but he had a shrewd political mind. He rapidly consolidated himself in power, helped by the expelled faction of the Labor Party, the Democratic Labour Party, which directed its second preferences to the Liberals at elections. His populist attacks on the trade unions, intellectuals, protesters and the press won him a large following. This little book is a stark reminder of the many bitter controversies he became embroiled in, most notably his support of capital punishment. He was to be the last non university educated Premier in Victoria’s history. An historically unique political item, both highly collectible and a fascinating source of 70’s political quotes from the man himself.


Sir Henry Edward Bolte GCMG (20 May 1908 – 4 January 1990), Australian politician, was the 38th and longest serving Premier of Victoria. In his later years he became known as the last Australian politician to approve of capital punishment. Henry Bolte was born in Ballarat, the son of a publican of German descent (the family name was pronounced Bol-tee). He was to spend the first 24 years of his life (apart from three years at boarding school) in the small western district town of Skipton. He was educated at Skipton primary school and Ballarat Grammar School: he was the last Victorian Premier not to attend a university. After working in various manual jobs he married Edith Elder in 1934 and bought a small farm at Bamganie near Meredith, where he lived for the rest of his life, running sheep and cattle.(Historical information taken in part from Wikipedia purley for educational purposes.)

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