Frank Hardy's Birthday

Almost let this one slip me by, but today, March 21st, is Frank Hardy's birthday. Best known for his massive work, Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy was born in Bacchus Marsh in 1927, and later moved to Melbourne in 1938. He joined the Communist party in 1939 and enlisted in the army in 1942. He was de-mobbed in 1946 and started work as a journalist in Melbourne. It was during this time that he collected the material for Power Without Glory, a semi-fictional account of the life of John Wren - a legendary figure on the criminal fringe in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. Although subsequently accepted as one of the great Australian novels Hardy had difficulty getting his work published, and was later sued by Wren's wife over certain allegations about "her" in the book. The trial lasted nine months and was eventually won by Hardy. Hardy died in Melbourne in 1994.

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