Herbert Benjamin George Larkin was appointed manager of the new Commonwealth Shipping Line in 1916; in 1923-26 he was chairman of the Commonwealth Shipping Board. He subsequently joined the P &O in a senior position and retired in the late 1930s. He died in New South Wales in 1944.
William Morris Hughes was Prime Minister of Australia from 1915 to 1923. At the time he wrote this letter to Larkin he was the Federal Member for North Sydney. He and Larkin had worked closely during the War on matters dealing with shipping. Hughes strongly opposed government moves to dispose of the Commonwealth Shipping Line in the late 1920s.
In 1937 Alice de Bérigny, my grandmother, married Herbert Larkin in London.
The pages from Brennan, Niall, 1971 John Wren gambler: his life and times, Hill of Content, Melbourne were supplied from my late brother Frank’s notes to help those who might be interested in the letter.
I was pleased to receive the letter and the extract from Brennan’s book today, from Winifred, Frank’s widow.
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