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King O’Malley at CMAG

By 28 October 2011 8

29 October 2011to4 March 2012

king o'malley

If not for King O’Malley we could all be in Deniliquin right now.

So it should be of some interest that the titan of Federation politics is getting his first museum exhibition, at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Few politicians in Australia’s history have been as colourful, and none so enigmatic, as King O’Malley. O’Malley was a member of Australia’s first Federal Parliament and a key figure in Canberra’s history. He was also a master of self-promotion and over his long lifetime availed himself of every opportunity to remind people of his achievements and record them for future generations to admire.

While there have been three published biographies of O’Malley and a ground-breaking Australian play based loosely on his life, until now his legacy has never been examined in an exhibition. In this exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery the material evidence of King O’Malley’s life has been brought together in an attempt to understand the man, his legend and his legacy.

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8 Responses to King O’Malley at CMAG
#1
KB19711:32 pm, 28 Oct 11

Wasnt he a prohibishitionist?

If this is true I find it ironic there is a pub named after him….

#2
johnboy1:42 pm, 28 Oct 11

KB1971 said :

Wasnt he a prohibishitionist?

If this is true I find it ironic there is a pub named after him….

All part of the fun!

#3
KB19712:10 pm, 28 Oct 11

I will try again….prohibitionist……….

I guess so Johnboy :)

#4
john87_no12:25 pm, 28 Oct 11

The photo looks like it was taken in the room behind the bar at King O’Malleys?

#5
Stevian3:33 pm, 28 Oct 11

KB1971 said :

Wasnt he a prohibishitionist?

If this is true I find it ironic there is a pub named after him….

That’s the point, it’s intentionally ironic

#6
djk4:56 pm, 28 Oct 11

KB1971 said :

I will try again….prohibitionist……….

I guess so Johnboy :)

and a teetotaller according to the wall at O’Malleys.

#7
KB19718:49 am, 31 Oct 11

Stevian said :

KB1971 said :

Wasnt he a prohibishitionist?

If this is true I find it ironic there is a pub named after him….

That’s the point, it’s intentionally ironic

Hehehehe, so the irony is not lost on me then!!

#8
switch10:37 am, 31 Oct 11

You mean like the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre?

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