He was born in Glenorchy in Tasmania. He joined The Mercury newspaper as a reporter in 1922 and then moved to Melbourne where he worked on The Herald. He is best known for his book Black War that examined the extermination of Indigenous Australians in Tasmania. He also wrote a series of biographies.
- Black War: The Extermination of the Tasmanian Aborigines, Sun Books, 1948 ISBN 0-7251-0183-0
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