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Melvin John

on 5 August 2015

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Sir Keith Murdoch was born in West Melbourne on 12 August 1885 and died in 4 October 1932. He was an Australian journalist and the father of business magnate Rupert Murdoch.
Before the first World War
Keith Murdoch was employed as a district correspondent at the Age. From 1908 to 1909 he took speech therapy lessons at London for his stammer. In 1912 he became a correspondent for the Sydney Sun. He lost the position of official Australian War correspondent to a more experienced Charles Bean.
First World War
Murdoch travelled to New Zealand with Andrew Fisher and two other Members of Parliament on January 1915. There he covered talks of the Australian Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher with the New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey. He the travelled to London. That August he got permission from Sir Ian Hamilton to visit Gallipoli.
Visiting Gallipoli
Murdoch visited Gallipoli at the beginning of September. There he met fellow journalists and agreed to carry a letter to the British Prime Minister. Unfortunately, on his way he was arrested in Marseille and the letter was confiscated from him. When he reached London he wrote the letter from memory and sent it to Australia and to a British Minister. As a result Sir Ian Hamilton was stepped down from command and troops were later evacuated.
Western Front
In 1917, he visited the Western Front and started to argue for the rule of General Monash over the australian troops, but after the good planning of Monash and the win at the Battle of Hamel, Murdoch gave up his argument.
Morning Herald
Murdoch continued to stay in London and became an influential until he was offered chief editor for the Melbourne Herald, which he took in 1921.
After the war
In July 1993 he received a knighthood and became a minister but after some time he was forced to resign. He came back to the newspapers and from then opposed the Labor Leader. He retired in 1949 and died in 1952.
Sir Keith Murdoch
By: Melvin John
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