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Jim Haynes’ not-so-famous Aussie characters

Michael McLaren

Aussie historian, author & entertainer Jim Haynes joins Overnight each week for his unique knowledge of the not-so-famous characters from Australia’s history. This week Jim shines the spotlight on E. J. Brady – journalist and poet.

Edwin James Brady (7 August 1869 – 22 July 1952) was born from Irish parents at Carcoar, New South Wales, and was educated both in the United States and Sydney, Australia.

His interests were wide-ranging having attempted to establish a south-coast railway, timber-mills, and gold-mines; to grow medicinal plants; to sell a mechanical voting machine; to set up a commercial publishing venture with Randolph Bedford, and a co-operative for some of Melbourne’s unemployed… but he continually reverted to publicity work and journalism.

He was a leading figure of Australian literature, an idealistic fighter for Australian workers, and a fervent Australian patriot; in all three areas, he tried to improve Australian society.  For all these reasons, he should be long remembered.

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Michael McLaren
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