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Contrasting Conservatives: Wilfrid Kent Hughes and Keith Feiling

Notoriously stubborn and abrasive, strongly anti-communist and for a time pro-fascist, Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (1895–1970) had a long career in state and federal politics, most notably as a minister under the Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies. As an athlete and organiser, Kent Hughes also had a long-standing involvement with the Olympic movement. At the 1920 Antwerp Olympics he represented Australia in hurdling, and in 1956 he helped organise the Melbourne Olympics. Noted for his conservative interpretation of the past and defence of the church, the monarchy and hierarchical authority, Sir Keith Feiling (1884–1977) was an historian and biographer. From 1946 to 1950,…

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