Who is Lushington D. Brady?
Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.
But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.
William Lushington Goodwin
William Lushington Goodwin was one of the first journalists in the colony of Van Diemen’s Land. Infamous for his vicious style and relentless attacks on the leading public figures of the colony, Goodwin was an Antipodean precursor to the notorious Wilbur F. Storey, whose epigram that it was “a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell” might well have been modelled on Goodwin’s scandalous career.
Dolly Dalrymple was a Van Diemen’s Land woman of mixed heritage, the daughter of a Bass Strait sealer and a Tasmanian woman. Through courage, determination and resourcefulness, Dolly overcame prejudice from white and black alike – her younger brother was killed by her mother’s people when their sealer father abandoned them, and Dolly later single-handedly fought off a siege on a farm, in which her sister was speared, for six hours. Dolly, with her ex-convict husband, rose to become the respected matriarch of one of the wealthiest and largest land-holding families in Tasmania’s Meander Valley.
The “Prince of Bushrangers”, Matthew Brady cut a dashing, romantic figure through the early days of Van Diemen’s Land. Rebelling against the brutal conditions of convict life, Brady made a daring escape from the hellish Sarah Island on Tasmania’s west coast. For the next two years, he and his gang were an insurrectionary terror to the authorities, at times threatening even the rule of Lieutenant Governor Arthur. When Arthur posted rewards for Brady’s capture, Brady posted a reward of his own – twenty gallons of rum – for the capture of the Lieutenant Governor. But however Brady threatened the authorities, he was known as “Gentleman Brady”. His manners and conduct, especially his treatment of ladies, endeared him to the common folk of the Colony. When he was finally captured, his cell overflowed with gifts and flowers.