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Bert Edwards : king of the West End / Patricia Sumerling
Bib ID 8128446
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Sumerling, Patricia, 1945-, author
 
Description Mile End, South Australia : Wakefield Press, 2019 
©2019 
ix, 279 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781743056776 (paperback)
Summary

Albert Augustine Edwards, usually referred to as 'Bert', was one of Adelaide's most flamboyant characters. Reputedly the illegitimate son of Charles Cameron Kingston, premier of South Australia, he was born in obscurity in the slums of Adelaide's West End in 1888. A self-made man, Bert was a city councillor, parliamentarian, and philanthropist, a friend of the poor and scourge of the establishment. He had connections and influence everywhere, in the markets, pubs, sporting clubs, churches and prisons, and soon enough he became known as the 'King of the West End'. Flash in dress and loud in manner, he brooked no opposition. Bert's future looked rosy, until 1924, when the Labor Party took office and his enemies began to stack up quickly. It all came crashing down in 1931. In a sex scandal engineered against him, Bert was imprisoned for nearly two-and-a half years for gross indecency with an underage male. And they say Adelaide was dull! Here, dark and bright, is Bert Edwards in the full biography that his colourful life deserves.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Edwards, Bert.  |  City council members -- South Australia -- Adelaide -- Biography.  |  Politicians -- South Australia -- Biography.  |  South Australia -- Politics and government.
Form/genre Biographies.

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