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.
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).
Grafter and Jinker are two shady bookmakers who need to keep one step ahead of their clients if they want to make a living.
The publication of this play is forthcoming.
See the AustLit record for 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