Denis Lenihan

Denis Lenihan
Denis Lenihan was born in New Zealand in 1937 and was educated there (M A (NZ) 1959) and in Sydney (M Ed (Syd) 1971). He entered the Australian Public Service in 1960 and worked there in various departments and agencies for more than 30 years. Later he worked for the NSW Police Royal Commission and the NSW Police Integrity Commission. Now retired, he lives in London and writes on Australian and Irish history (see and on spies (see

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Ben Chifley and the bank nationalisation

In August 1947, Ben Chifley’s Labor Government decided in favour of nationalising Australia’s private banks. The controversy is well-remembered – though the Chifley Government’s purpose, to establish modern central banking over the objection of some finance sector interests – perhaps … Read More

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