Abstract

Rupert Ernest Lockwood died in his hometown Natimuk, Western Victoria, 8 March 1997, at the age of 88. A career capitalist journalist before he devoted his life to the Left in 1939, Rupert became one of Australia’s most prominent communists during the period 1939-1969, and a controversial and courageous figure during the Royal Commission into Espionage in Australia (1954- 1955). A man of many talents he earned the right during his lifetime to be termed journalist, orator, pamphleteer, editor, author, historian, intellectual, and socialist. His passing was the occasion for major obituaries in the Australian press.

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