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Charles Court: I Love This Place, the true story of one of Australia’s best-loved premiers and how he brought industry to WA.
Rhonda Jamieson’s journey with Charles Court: I Love This Place started with a request from Emeritus Professor David Black to interview Sir Charles for a history of the Western Australian Parliament. She started in 1990 and found that the politician was so focused on the future that it was quite a mean feat to get him to discuss the past. When she did manage to tap the well, she found that Sir Charles’ prodigious memory and empathetic nature made him a candidate for an incredible biography.
Jamieson assisted in the editing and selection of the content that made up Charles Court: The Early Years (Sir Charles’ autobiography) in 1995 and then in 2005. After a few failed attempts at a follow-up, Jamieson joined forces with the man himself to put together Charles Court: I Love This Place.
Her thorough research has resulted in a biography that draws the story of a man’s life on the background of a country’s industrial awakening and addresses topics as varied as liberal politics, family dynamics, power VS wealth, international trading and even the underrated art of playing the cornet.
The table of contents is listed below and should give readers a good idea of how the biography unfolds.
|1||A Plumber and a Rose||13|
|2||No Gold in the Streets||19|
|3||The Trumpet Shall Sound||35|
|4||Numbers not Words||46|
|5||A Perfect Partnership||61|
|6||Skill, Energy and Tact: War Service||74|
|7||A Different Campaign||92|
|8||The Best Thing Since John Forrest||102|
|9||Government at Last||119|
|10||The Man who Sorted the Railways Out||135|
|11||Boldness and Action: Development Continues||147|
|12||Making Use of Resources: Iron Ore||166|
|13||Iron Ore, the Japanese and the Commonwealth Government||181|
|14||Not Just a Pilbara Plan||194|
|15||Power Versus Wealth: Charles Court and Lang Hancock||210|
|16||Twelve Years in the Brand Government||233|
|17||Anger and Determination: Opposition||246|
|18||Dissent and Innovation: First Years as Premier||264|
|19||Accusations, Firsts and Lasts||285|
|20||North West Shelf Gas||306|
|22||Damage and Diamonds||341|
|23||Conclusions and Contemplation||360|
|24||Controversy, Inquiry and Triumph||381|
|26||Four Generations Become Three||419|