Kenneth Slessor Research Paper

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The life of Kenneth Slessor threads its way through almost three-quarters of this century, from his birth in the same year as the Australian federation until his death at the beginning of the Whitlam era. He was born Kenneth Adolphe Schloesser in 1901, the son of a free-thinking English father of German-Jewish ancestry who came to Australia to work as a mining engineer. His mother was Margaret McInnes, “The Belle of Orange,” a native-born daughter of a Scots storekeeper. The Slessor family, including Kenneth’s younger sister Maud and his younger brother Robin, is a small hybrid fragment of white Australian settlement. It begins in the last decade of colonial Australia in rural New South Wales, is transported around that colony, and Tasmania,

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