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To describe everyday life in colonial Australia as entirely rural-based in 1900 would be misleading, for the country’s major urban centres, particularly Sydney and Melbourne, housed much of the population and fuelled its commercial vitality…

An address made by the Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan at the naming of Magna Carta Place in Canberra. He justifies the naming by arguing that the Magna Carta and the ideologies it represents contribute to the creation of a valuable and "enduring myth [in…