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Dalley, John Bede (1876 - 1935)


5 October 1876
Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
6 September 1935
Avalon Beach, New South Wales, Australia


Dalley was born at Rose Bay, Sydney, attending school there before studying law at Oxford. He returned to Australia in 1902, practicing as a barrister until his hearing was impaired in an accident. He began work as a journalist in 1906, soon becoming sub-editor and then writer for the Bulletin, contributing short stories, articles and poetry. He served in WWI between 1915 and 1918, before returning to the Bulletin, and then editing Melbourne Punch. His three novels, No Armour (1928), Max Flambard: A Novel (1929) and Only the Morning (1930), are satirical tales of Sydney's social elites. He was drowned in a fishing accident.

Published resources


  • Dalley, John, No Armour, Long, London, 1928, 288 pp. Details
  • Dalley, John, Only the morning : a novel, Long, London, 1930, 288 pp. Details

See also

Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Dalley, John Bede Polding (Lieutenant, 2 Division Artillery, AIF b: 1882 d: 1935), c. 1918, MSS1338; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

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