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Biographical entry Barry, Keith Lewis (1896 - 1965)

11 September 1896
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
14 January 1965
Wollstonecraft, New South Wales, Australia
Author, Broadcasting, Medical practitioner and Musician


Medical practitioner Keith Barry rose to prominence as the author of the highly successful newspaper column The Diary of a Doctor Who Tells which began in the late 1920s and ran for 30 years. Barry also went on to write Music and the Listener (1933), before becoming music critic for the Sunday Telegraph. Around the same Barry began also began writing for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and was appointed part-time programme adviser, before becoming controller of programmes (1936) and later the assistant general manager of programmes (1938-1960). Throughout his career in the arts he remained a prominent figure in medicine and from 1948 was State and later federal president of the National Tuberculosis and Chest Association.

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