Biographical entry Ellis, Malcolm Henry (1890 - 1969)

21 August 1890
Dirranbandi, Queensland, Australia
18 January 1969
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Historian, Journalist and Writer of Inscription


Malcolm Henry Ellis was a journalist and historian. In 1907 he became a cadet journalist with the Brisbane Daily Mail and in 1915 became leader-writer and commercial editor. Ellis was an outspoken critic of the Labor Party and gained a reputation as a writer of solid conservative views. In 1920 he joined the Daily Telegraph in Sydney as chief political correspondent. Ellis joined the senior staff of the Bulletin in 1933 and remained there until his retirement in 1965. A staunch critic of communism, he became a vocal supporter of Menzies. His political books included The Red Road (1932), Socialisation in Ten Years (1947) and The Garden Path (1949). Ellis's historical work included biographies of Lachlan Macquarie (1947), Francis Greenway (1949) and John Macarthur (1955).


Commonwealth Literary Fund. Helping Literature in Australia: The Work of the Commonwealth Literary Fund 1908-1966. Canberra: Commonwealth Government Printer, 1967.

Fletcher, B.H. Ellis, Malcolm Henry (1890-1969), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Accessed 19 December 2012.