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  • Oswald Anderson (1885-1944) and Con Drew (1875-1942)

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    Source: Wireless Weekly 5 July (1935), 17

    Oswald Anderson was a composer, musician, playwright, radio pioneer, station manager, music publisher, businessman.

    Although best remembered today as one of Australia's radio broadcasting pioneers, Oswald Anderson's career prior to 1925 saw him regarded as one of the country's leading composers of popular and concert songs. He was also involved in repertory theatre in Sydney as a manager, producer and director, co-founded a music college, set up his own publishing company, collaborated with author Conway T. Drew on the stage adaptation of his hit novel Jinker, the Grafter's Mate (1916), and had a long association with the music publisher and instrument importer W. H. Paling.

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    Source: Sun (Sydney) 27 May 1934, p.44.

    Con Drew was a soldier, bookmaker, sportsman, trainer, journalist, author, playwright, editor, publisher, screenwriter.

    Once described as 'the 'Steele Rudd' of Sydney's underworld,' Conway T. Drew was regarded by his contemporaries as one of Australia's leading humorists and authors of popular culture fiction, particularly through his horseracing industry stories. Since then his reputation has been largely overshadowed by other writers from that period, notably Rudd (On Our Selection!) and C. J. Dennis (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke).

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      Jinker, The Grafter's Mate

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    Jinker, The Grafter's Mate

    The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Harper's November" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890 - 1907. Source

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