Biographical entry Holt, Edgar George (1904 - 1988)

27 December 1904
Burnley, Lancashire, England
11 October 1988
Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
Journalist, Poet, Public Relations Officer, Writer and Writer of Inscription


Edgar George Holt was a poet, journalist and public relations officer. He was born in 1904 at Burnley, Lancashire. Holt joined the Melbourne Argus in 1929 before becoming a special and leader-writer on the Melbourne Herald in 1935. Holt moved to Sydney in 1939 to work for the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. He joined Smith's Weekly in 1945 (editor from 1947 to 1950). In November 1950, Holt was appointed federal public relations officer of the Liberal Party of Australia. He is credited for making Menzies and his family the focus of party publicity, fostering the image of the fatherly 'Bob Menzies', and for cultivating the statesmanlike image, 'Sir Robert Menzies'. Holt published Politics Is People: The Men of the Menzies Era in 1969.


Griffen-Foley, Bridget. Holt, Edgar George (1904-1988), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Accessed 30 July 2013.