William Morris Hughes: A Political Biography: Vol. 1: That Fiery Particle, 1862-1914; Vol. 2: The Little Digger, 1914-1952, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1978, 1979; electronic version available
Fifty years of history of Australia as a nation from the perspective of a prime minister who served both sides of politics, tried twice to introduce conscription, upset President Wilson at Versailles and colleagues at home and provoked strong feelings both for and against. Domestically, established the forerunners to the CSIRO and the Australian Federal Police. A brief fact sheet is here and a longer biographical essay here. The author is interviewed here (details of tape transcriptions).