Dr H V Evatt - a great Australian statesman
Dr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965) was one of Australia's most influential and intellectual political leaders. He has been variously described as uncompromising, just, innovative and is indeed one of Australia's most celebrated politicians.
Dr Evatt's brilliant and controversial career was as lawyer, author, High Court Judge, Attorney General, Minister for External Affairs, President of the UN General Assembly and Federal Leader of the Opposition.
In 1948 Dr Evatt was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly. He witnessed the passing of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which he worked hard to achieve, as well as the UN Charter. He earned himself the title of 'Champion of the Small Nations'.
He continued to influence Australian politics for a generation and his uncompromising stand for just principles and his innovative spirit will always be remembered.
His career is remembered with a permanent photographic exhibition in the Doc Evatt Memorial Room at the NSW Toy and Railway Museum at Leuralla. The photographs are a 'who's who' of international politics of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.