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Stewart Cockburn (Alexander Stewart Cockburn) was born on 16 October, 1921 in Adelaide, South Australia, is a journalist. Discover Stewart Cockburn’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 88 years old?

Popular As Alexander Stewart Cockburn
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Age 88 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born 16 October 1921
Birthday 16 October
Birthplace Adelaide, South Australia
Date of death (2009-07-06)
Died Place N/A
Nationality Australia

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Parents Rodney Cockburn (father)Ruby Ethel Cockburn (née Adams) (mother)
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Children 4

Stewart Cockburn Net Worth

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Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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In January 1979 Cockburn received a letter written in jail by inmate Edward Splatt, protesting his innocence of the 1977 murder of 77-year-old Rosa Amelia Simper. Cockburn’s crusade on Splatt’s behalf led to the then longest Royal Commission (1983–1984) in SA history, with Michael Abbott QC representing Splatt, and led to an overturned verdict, release in October 1984, and monetary compensation for Splatt.

In 1979 Cockburn published The Salisbury Affair on the sacking by Premier Don Dunstan of South Australian Police Commissioner, Harold Salisbury. The book sold well and its release was closely followed by the defeat of the State Labor government under Des Corcoran in September 1979, Dunstan having retired in February.


Cockburn returned to journalism and The Advertiser in 1971. In addition to feature writing, he wrote opinion columns and was a leader (editorial) writer.

Towards the end of 1971 Cockburn investigated the company behind Holiday Magic cosmetics, and showed how a small number of operators profited enormously from the aspirations of a large number of agents, a classic pyramid scheme. His series of articles earned him a national Walkley Award for the best newspaper feature story in 1972.

He followed this success with biographies of Sir Mark Oliphant, nuclear scientist and Governor of South Australia 1971–1976 (with David Ellyard) and of South Australian Premier Sir Thomas Playford, with assistance from John Playford (1935–2003), a distant relative (see Family of Thomas Playford I) . The Oliphant biography won the historical and biographical section of the SA government 1982 biennial prize for literature.


In 1964 he read the evening news bulletin on ADS7, the TV station then associated with The Advertiser. Cockburn continued as senior feature writer at The Advertiser and resumed his radio commentaries on 5AD and also 5AN (ABC). After participating in a journalists’ strike in 1967, Cockburn left journalism for several years. He and his family moved to Canberra, where he was partner in a news agency service.


From 1961 to 1963 he worked as press attaché to the Australian Embassy in Washington. He resigned and returned to Australia and The Advertiserafter voicing his doubts about the veracity of a public statement made by the Australian ambassador.


Cockburn covered the 1959 Royal Commission into the trial of Aboriginal murderer Rupert Maxwell Stuart largely instigated by campaigning journalist Rohan Rivett. Unlike Rivett, Cockburn was convinced of Stuart’s guilt.


Cockburn returned to The Advertiser in early 1954 as a special feature writer. During the 1950s he also became a regular radio news commentator on 5AD and was a member of the Meet the Press panel on TV Channel ADS7. Between 1955 and 1983, except when living interstate or overseas, he was the South Australian correspondent for The Canberra Times.


He was personally selected by Prime Minister Menzies in 1951 as his press secretary, and accompanied the P.M. on his 1952 official visit to London and Washington. He accompanied Menzies and his family to London in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth II. Soon after his return he took three months’ sick leave and then resigned from the press secretary position due to a flare-up of his dormant TB. He wrote about his three year experience in a series of articles in The Bulletin. and for The Herald. (His replacement, Hugh Dash, served as Menzies’ press secretary until 1960, when he unexpectedly died.)


Cockburn married to Beatrice Ferguson (from Tasmania) in England in 1947. They had four children, Carol, Jenny, Kirsty and Malcolm. Beatrice died in 1986, and he later married former politician Jennifer Cashmore, becoming step-father to her two daughters, NSW Supreme Court judge Christine Adamson and former diplomat and current Governor of South Australia Frances Adamson.


He transferred to the associated Melbourne Herald in 1945, after the war ended. For a time he worked as a Herald correspondent in Canberra and in London for the Herald and Reuters news agency. While in London he came to the attention of then-Liberal Opposition Leader Robert Menzies.


He began working as a copy boy for The Advertiser in 1938, and started his reporter cadetship late in 1940. During the war years he was one of the few young men working as a reporter at The Advertiser, as he had been rejected as medically unfit after volunteering for service with the Royal Australian Navy: he had tubercular scars on his lungs, the affliction that had decimated his father’s family. (He was accredited as one of three Advertiser war correspondents for the Pacific region in 1943, but did not obtain the paper’s approval for this work. He was needed on the short-staffed paper in Adelaide.) While still a cadet reporter, Cockburn obtained valuable early experience in the Canberra Press Gallery on behalf of the paper.


Alexander Stewart Cockburn AM (16 October 1921 – 6 July 2009) was an Australian journalist, commentator and author from Adelaide, South Australia.