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Bracken, Thomas

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Born: 1843 AD
Died: 1898 AD, at 54 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Journalist

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1843 - Born in December 21st in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland.

1856 - He was cared for by an aunt for three years before being sent out to Australia at the age of 13 to join an uncle, John Kernan, who farmed near Geelong in Victoria.

1869 - He landed at Dunedin.

1874 - He had helped canvass for shares when The Tablet was founded.

1875 - He was associated with John Bathgate in publishing in Dunedin the Saturday Advertiser, which under his vigorous editorship soon became popular and achieved a circulation of 7,000 copies.

1879 - The Saturday Advertiser became the weekly edition of the Morning Herald; Bracken was associated with it, even after a further change of name, for several years more.

         - He first stood for Dunedin City as a supporter of Sir George Grey but polled the lowest of the six candidates.

1883 - Bracken visited Samoa with J. Lundon who campaigned for New Zealand to take over the islands.

1890 - When Musings in Maoriland did not attract the attention hoped for in Australia, the publisher persuaded Bracken to engage in a personal canvass and by this means he sold approaching 1,000 copies.

1894 - He was appointed a Bill reader in the House of Representatives but had to give up the work some 18 months later.

1896 - He formally joined the Roman Catholic Church.

1898 - Died on February 16th in the Dunedin hospital.

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