The Lost Papers of George Reid

In August 1977 the 121st edition of Quadrant was published. The magazine’s illustrative cover proudly displayed an old, worn picture of Sir George Houstoun Reid placed on a cluttered, dusty desk. Below the picture the headline bellowed, “The Reid Papers: An extraordinary insight into Australia’s involvement in World War I, the secret papers of Australian statesman Sir George Reid”. Historians across the country took notice; now at last there would be a collection of papers through which they could gain an insight into the enigmatic premier and prime minister who had played such a prominent role in the shaping of…

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