october memories / 26


26th October, 1950 : The author of the popular novel Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy, appeared in court today on a libel charge and was later released on £500 bail. Mrs Ellen Wren, the wife of John Wren, a prominent businessman and sports promoter in Melbourne, says the book imputes that she had committed adultery and had a child as a result. Counsel for Mrs Wren, Jack Galbally, told the City Court that “this is the foulest libel ever written”. He added that Hardy was a Communist and his book part of a plot to overthrow the Government. Galbally said the book also charged Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey with “making money in the brothel racket”.

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