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Geoffrey Reading (Journalist)
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Start Date:
01 Jan 1912
End Date:
01 Jan 1996
Geoffrey Alleyne Edwin Reading (1912-1996) studied at the University of Tasmania from 1934 to 1938, with a break in 1936 working as a public servant in New Guinea. During 1938 he edited the student publications Cactus and Platypus. 
Cactus promised to be "the organ for all who have distaste for umbilical morality, thaumaturgy, smutty respectability, theological mumbo-jumbo, bigotry, intolerance, and a diabetic status-quo". Its radical libertarian views saw it attacked by religious authorities, and the Legislative Council threaten to cut the University's funding.
Reading left Tasmania in 1939 to work as a journalist in London. He returned to Australia after the outbreak of the Second World War, working for Truth (Sydney), as a war correspondent in New Guinea, and from 1965 to 1975 for New South Wales Premier R W Askin.
Information Sources:
"Mr G Reading leaving today for England", Examiner (Launceston) 28 January 1939, p.6;;Geoffrey Reading, High Climbers (Sydney: John Ferguson, 1989);;"Geoffrey Reading" [obituary], King Island Courier, 12 June 1996, p.8;;Michael Roe, "Geoffrey Reading: a student radical, Hobart 1934-8", Island vol 71, 1997, pp.20-32;;
Series Created By Agency:
NS45 Cactus (University of Tasmania Student Magazine)18 Mar 193804 Oct 1938