Francophile Jules Archibald was born John Feltham Archibald in regional Victoria and was to leave a national legacy in both art and letters.
At first, Archibald had a string of jobs, not many of them journalistic. But in 1880, he and John Haynes launched The Bulletin and he became part of an exciting literary experiment.
For the14 years from 1886 it was Archibald's guiding hand and sensitive sub-editing that shaped The Bulletin's irreverent, nationalistic tone and nurtured both the magazine's talented writers – such as Lawson, Furphy and Banjo Patterson – and the ethos of mateship among battlers that led to it being dubbed the Bushman's Bible.
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