Herbert Vere Evatt and Letter Concerning Establishment Of ALP Newspaper
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Herbert Vere Evatt and Letter Concerning Establishment Of ALP Newspaper

1957. Vintage silver gelatin photograph with typed letter and envelope, photograph annotated “Mr Justice Evatt” and “by Monte Luke” in an unknown hand in pencil verso; typed letter addressed to a “Ralph Renard” with date “30th April, 1957” and signed by H.V. Evatt in ink, 20.2 x 15.3cm (image), 25.4 x 20.3cm (letter). Minor silvering to photograph, old folds and slight discolouration to edges of letter. Mounted together.

Monte Luke (Aust., 1885-1962) most likely took this photograph at the time Evatt became a Justice of the High Court. In the letter with a Parliament of the Commonwealth letterhead, Evatt, then leader of the Opposition, wrote “I am sure Mr Tripovich would be most helpful to you in supplying the information which you were seeking on Australian Labour Party policy. I wish you well in your studies. I have also noted your suggestion concerning a Labor newspaper. This is a subject which is now before the NSW Executive of the ALP. It has been a matter of frequent consideration by the party in various States and I agree with you as to the urgent necessity of Labor having an official organ through which it can state its case to the people…” Jack Tripovich was a leading member of the Left in the Victorian ALP.

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Item #CL179-28

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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