Laurence Fitzhardinge (1908-1993)
- ALIA Fellow 1964
Laurence Frederic (Laurie) Fitzhardinge. the author of a monumental two-volume biography of Prime Minister William Morris (Billy) Hughes, and a much admired teacher and bibliophile, died on Sunday in Queanbeyan Hospital of heart failure, aged 85.
Mr Fitzhardinge was born on July 6, 1908, at Chatswood, and was educated at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, the University of Sydney (BA with Honours in Greek and Latin) and New College, Oxford (BA with Honours in Classics 1932, B. Litt 1933. MA 1937).
When he returned to Australia from Oxford in 1934, he was appointed research officer in charge of the Australian collections at the National Library, then still part of the Parliamentary Library, where he educated himself in Australian history and librarianship.