James Edmond


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(1859–1933), born Glasgow, Scotland, migrated in 1878 to NZ and to Australia in 1884. While on the staff of the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin he contributed financial comments to the Sydney Bulletin and in 1886 joined the latter, becoming associate editor in 1890, financial editor in 1892, and initiator of the well-known ‘Wild Cat’ column dealing with financial matters. He also contributed short stories, sketches, dramatic criticism and a column, titled ‘The Brickbat’; his pseudonym for some of this writing was ‘Titus Salt’. He was editor 1903–14; under his influence the Bulletin retained and even expanded its nationalistic outlook but dropped much of its earlier republican emphasis. Edmond exercised some influence on the shaping of the Australian constitution and Australian federal politics through his Bulletin editorials advocating protectionism, immigration control and centralist control of education and transport. His Bulletin leaders were published as A Policy for the Commonwealth (1900) and some of his humorous writings were collected as A Journalist and Two Bears (1913), illustrated by Norman Lindsay.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.