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The life of Daniel Mannix; Royal visits to Australia

April 8th, 2015

Episode 165 of 536 episodes

Daniel Mannix was born in County Cork, Ireland in March 1864. He became Archbishop of Melbourne in May 1917. One of the threads running through his life was his empathy with outsiders. He instinctively sided with the working class, with immigrants and he was against the White Australia Policy. He was anti-British and believed England was 'one of the greatest hypocrites in the world'. This outspoken stance caused him great criticism as well as great applause. He died in 1963, aged 99. By far, the most successful and popular of the British Royal visits to Australia was the one made by the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip in 1954, when millions turned out to catch a glimpse of the Queen. And while Australia's relationship with the British monarchy has run hot and cold over the years, their visits still remain popular.

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