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Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck Edit Profile

historian , politician , public servant , poet

Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck was an Australian historian, poet, public servant and politician, and the 17th Governor-General of Australia.


He was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, on Apr. 1, 1905.


He attended the Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia, where he received an M.A. degree.


From 1922 to 1941 he was on the staff of West Australian, Perth's morning newspaper, first as a general reporter and later as a dramatic critic. An authority on Australian history, he wrote Our Southern Half-Castes (1938), and Black Australians (1942), and in 1944 was assigned to write the official history of Australia's part in World War II. He is also the author of a book of verse, Into the Desert (1939). In 1939 he lectured on Australian history at the University of Western Australia at Perth.


  • poems

    • Into the Desert (1939)

    • Collected Verse (1969)

    • An Open Go (1971)

    • The Poet in Australia (1975)

    • Dark Cottage (1984)


In 1932 he married Alexandra Darker (1908–1993), with whom he had two sons. Alexandra Hasluck became a distinguished writer and historian in her own right, and was the first of only three women to be appointed a Dame of the Order of Australia.

Alexandra Darker - Australian - Writer and historian