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When Kenneth Baillieu Myer's father fell dead on the footpath in 1934, Ken's life changed in an instant. As the eldest son of the Jewish immigrant retailing genius, Sidney Baevski Myer, who went from pedlar to philanthropist millionaire in fifteen years, 13-year-old Ken was immediately acknowledged as head of the family. Despite a conventional education at Geelong Grammar and a year at Princeton University, Ken was an unconventional man. He had hit headlines when he was born and continued to make news throughout his life-as the powerful Executive Chairman of Myer; in his refusal to be Governor-General of Australia; with his separation and divorce from his wife Prue and remarriage to a Japanese woman half his age, Yasuko Hiraoka; as Chairman of the Victorian Arts Centre and the National Library of Australia; and during his disastrous years as Chairman of the ABC-a reward for signing the 'Myer It's time' letter, acknowledged by Whitlam as influential in bringing the Labor Party to power in 1972. Ken Myer introduced Australia to the first regional shopping centres, with Chadstone changing the face of the Australian landscape. Parking meters, state of the art inform

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522855463
ISBN-10: 0522855466
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 168mm x 57mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: The Miegunyah Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Sue Ebury

Sue Ebury was born and educated in New Zealand. After nineteen years as an editor and publishing director at an international publishing house, she moved to Hong Kong, where she edited The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop and wrote the bestselling biography Weary- The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop. Ken Myer's children commissioned the biography of their father, and Sue's research of Ken's life took her to the United Kingdon, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States, where she interviewed friends and business associates. Sue returned to Australia in 1994, where she lives in Mount Macedon, Victoria.

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