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D.H. Lawrence in and on Australia

Sir: I am grateful for the mention of our D.H. Lawrence Society of Australia in your pages (Letters, March 2015) and concur with Hal G.P. Colebatch that the “fascist secret army” Lawrence encountered in Australia in 1922 “consisted of patriotic men, often ex-servicemen, quite understandably alarmed with communism”. Mr Colebatch’s eminent father—a distinguished Premier of Western Australia—was himself one such patriotic gentleman, and led a boatful of other patriotic gentlemen, some of them no doubt ex-servicemen, down the Swan River in 1919 to break up a probably communist-inspired union blockade in Fremantle (known in Labor history as “The Battle of…

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