This Day in Jewish History / The death of an Australian who set out to 'heal his country'
Zelman Cowen became governor-general in 1977 after a political crisis to 'bring a touch of healing to the country and its people,' as he put it.
December 8, 2011, is the day that Zelman Cowen died, at his home in Melbourne, Australia. December 8 is also the date that, 34 years earlier, Cowen, one of his country’s most accomplished law professors, had been appointed governor general of Australia, a largely ceremonial but highly symbolic position as the Queen’s representative in Canberra.
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