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The Fox and the Hedgehog

Two of the best-known and most influential Australians, General Sir John Monash and Dr Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne, became national and international figures during the First World War, though there could scarcely have been a wider difference in the role each man played in the conflict. Indeed, few famous individuals in Australian history present a greater contrast in background, personality and temperament than do Monash and Mannix, who were born within a year or so of one another in the mid-1860s. The physical dissimilarity is marked: Monash was a heavily built man with a dark complexion and a thick…

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