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Cronin, Bernard Charles (1884 - 1968)


18 Mar 1884
Ealing, England
9 June 1968
East Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Alternative Names
  • North, Eric (pseudonym)


Cronin was born in London and came to Melbourne in 1890, attending school in South Yarra and later graduating from Dookie Agricultural College. He worked on pastoral properties in Gippsland and Tasmania until 1913, before returning to Melbourne and finding employment as a salesman and a clerk. Beginning with The Coastlanders in 1918, Cronin wrote more than twenty novels, including tales of Tasmanian settlement, adventures in the far north, and metropolitan crime fiction and romances as well as several works of science fiction and fantasy, published under the pseudonym 'Eric North.' He also wrote short stories, poems and children's stories and was a co-founder of the Australian Society of Authors.

Published resources


  • Cronin, Bernard, Bluff stakes, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1922, 314 pp. Details
  • Cronin, Bernard, Salvage, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1923, 307 pp. Details
  • Cronin, Bernard, Red Dawson, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1927, 312 pp. Details
  • Cronin, Bernard, Bushranging silhouettes, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1932, 220 pp. Details

See also

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers, 1890-1969 - Bernard Cronin, 1890 - 1969, NLA MS 2753; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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