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W.L. Baillieu and the Industrialisation of Australia

Peter Yule, William Lawrence Baillieu: Founder of Australia’s Greatest Business Empire (Hardie Grant, 2012), 423 pages, $65.00  William Lawrence Baillieu was a giant both physically and financially. He was an alpha male standing six feet three inches who could dominate any meeting by his sheer presence. He was also the founder of the Collins House group and the most powerful financier in Melbourne when that city was the business centre of Australia. He was largely responsible for the formation of the Herald & Weekly Times, Carlton & United Breweries, and Dunlop Rubber. He also had extensive interests in banking and…

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