Doncaster

In 1968, despite what seemed to be their best chance in a generation, the Australian Labor Party managed to lose the federal election, however narrowly. None of this, however, was the fault of that classic Aussie battler, Donald Henderson. Arising from the ruins of his party, his Party and (as he then saw it) his life on the morning of October 26, 1969, and determined to do better.

He set about mobilising his friends, his family, his workmates, his fellow union members – even his students. He tried to shake them free of the cold, dead hands of the establishment: old money, organized religion, any VFL team that wasn’t Collingwood – all the forces he saw as parts of the status quo that kept the establishment well and firmly establised. He encouraged people to vote, to debate policy and more, through the vehicle of regular weekly radio show on 3RRR.

The degree of success he had is arguable (among other things, he was once suspended from his teaching job due his prosletizing during class times), his tireless efforts were deemed worthy of recognition, even by the Hamer Coalition government that Henderson so despised. So it was that in 1982, on the same day that they announced that they would be selling off the land set aside for the long-promised rail line to Templestowe, that the southern and western portions of that area would be renamed in honour of the man who tried so very hard, and broadcast near and far, to get his suburb to cast its votes: Don, the Caster.

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