• From the Archives, 1951: Power Without Glory libel case

    1 day ago - By Sydney Morning Herald

    On this day seventy years ago author Frank Hardy was in Melbourne's City Court charged with the criminal libel of Ellen Wren, allegedly "Nellie West" in his 1950 novel Power Without Glory. Ellen was the wife of prominent and controversial Melbourne Catholic businessman John Wren, whose empire and perceived influence on Labor was the barely disguised subject of the novel. Hardy faced 26 years' jail. The trial lasted nine months. Hardy was acquitted on June 19, 1951.
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