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Panpa Bulletin : March 2007
formed, she was "concerned that the partnership structure still permitted the parents to control" the business. At the beginning of 1937, John Arthur Bradley took his family on an eight-month over- seas trip that included the coronation of King George VI but allowed them to return in time to attend the NSW Country Press Association annual conference. Accountant James Auswild (later knighted) played a significant role in the expansion of the Bradley family newspaper business. Auswild studied accountancy after losing an arm in an accident at the butchery where he worked. One of his first clients was Bradley, who came to depend on his advice. The quality of Auswild's service was ex- emplified in 1937 when the Bradleys were on their overseas trip. Upon arriving at the Strand Palace Hotel, London, they found waiting for them a package from Auswild containing the audited balance sheets for their various newspapers. An accompany- ing letter advised the Bradleys to expand their interests and buy more newspapers. One of Auswild's business beliefs was that you always buy a business that is run- down and you never buy anything that is at its peak of performance. By buying it when it is run-down, you get it at the best price and then you are able to build it up. The Bradleys took Auswild's advice and acquired, from July 1, 1938, the Lake Cargelligo News for £675 ($1350) after the proprietor, James Patterson, had collapsed over a proof press and died. Arthur Bradley was sent to Lake Cargelligo to run the pa- per. He recalls staying in the lo- cal hotel "where the mosquitoes were so large that they would roll you over in bed to examine your blood group". In Temora, the Independent faced short- lived competition in 1938-39 from the Advertiser established by Howard Castleton Russell and Robert John Russell. During World War II the Bradleys did not seek to expand, and by the end of the war the dynasty was in the hands of the second generation. John Arthur Bradley died on February 27, 1945, having shown his sons what it meant to be a country newspaper proprietor, editor and citizen and having given them an urge to travel. He had been the Temora coroner for 30 years and a member of the Temora Hospital board, never missed a NSW Country Press Association conference and was president in 1925-26. At the end of his presiden- tial address to the 1926 CPA conference, Bradley paid a tribute to the secretary, TM Shakespeare, and congratulated Shakespeare's four sons on successfully launching the Canberra Times. What Bradley's sons did not know until his death was that he had lent TM Shakespeare money to assist in establish- ing the Canberra Times --- money that took almost 20 years to repay. Shakespeare told Bradley in 1936 that he had lost £12,000 ($24,000) on the paper since he arrived in Canberra, but he was hopeful of declaring a dividend at the end of 1937. It would be the "first release of money" to him since he moved to Canberra. In his letter of September 7, 1936 to Bradley, Shakespeare said: "At the same time I feel you should not stand unprotected and I have therefore had one of my scrip divided into five £50 ($100) shares and I am handing these to you as security for your debt. Concerning these shares, I have but one request to make and that is as I pay you off, you will return the scrip representing the amounts so paid and in this way, we will both be able to work together until a time of complete recovery is made." Share scrip for £100 ($200) in the Federal Capital Press was found in Bradley's papers upon his death and Arthur Bradley promptly wrote to AT Shakespeare, informing him of the dis- covery. Shakespeare promptly repaid the balance of the debt and the Bradleys sur- rendered the share scrip. Next month: The second and third-genera- tion Bradleys. Rod Kirkpatrick, newspaper historian, is a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Queensland. dynasty begin in tiny Temora John Arthur Bradley One of the little-known dynasties still operating in Australian newspaper publishing is the Bradley family, which recently celebrated its centenary of ownership of the Temora Independent. In the rst part of this two-part article, Rod Kirkpatrick discovers the rst of the three generations of Bradleys that made the family one of the more signi cant newspaper businesses in rural NSW. PANPA Bulletin March 2007 37 history