Pearl was a fine journalist, editor, social historian and biographer.
In the mid-1930s he was one of a talented group of newsmen on the evening Star – during which time he once made an audacious phone call to Adolf Hitler to ask his intentions.
By 1939 he was editor of the Sydney Sunday Telegraph, where he and his adjacent editor Brian Penton (Daily Telegraph) resisted occasionally wrong-headed wartime censorship.
Pearl later worked as a freelance journalist, and wrote 20 books, including the biography 'Morrison of Peking' (1967) and 'Wild Men of Sydney' (1958).
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