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ANZAC Day & the Aussie Prince. How Rupert Murdoch Learned from his Kingmaker Father. My Rafah Connection

How did Rupert Murdoch become Rupert?

My short answer: Look to the father!

Keith Murdoch was the Australian kingmaker who taught the young Rupert how to forge political influence from media ownership.

For Australia’s solemnly observed ANZAC Day (April 25), I reposted my reflections on how the disastrous Gallipoli campaign launched the Murdoch dynasty that enabled BrexitFox News, the Trump presidency, and more.

Read my full article here.

My Great Uncles in Rafah

  • Three of my grandfather’s brothers joined the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and fought at Gallipoli before helping ‘liberate’ Palestine from the Ottomans.
  • They may be found in this photo of Australian cameliers taken in Rafah, now under tragic bombardment in Gaza.
  • The photographer Frank Hurley was the official cinematographer on Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition (1914-17).