Adam Cairns McCay
McCAY, ADAM CAIRNS (1874-1947) and DELAMORE WILLIAM (1877-1958), journalists, were born on 27 December 1874 and 8 January 1877 at Castlemaine, Victoria, fifth and sixth sons of Rev. Andrew Ross Boyd McCay, Presbyterian minister, and his wife Lily Ann Esther Waring, née Brown. They were educated at Castlemaine Grammar School where Adam, after graduating from the University of Melbourne (B.A., 1894; M.A., 1896), succeeded his eldest brother (Sir) James Whiteside McCay as principal. He married Edina May Malcolm at Castlemaine on 12 May 1899. On completing school Delamore worked for twelve years as an accountant and married Frances Eva Macpherson at Port Fairy on 18 June 1911.
Both brothers, who like others in their family had a love of literature and a talent for writing verse, frequently contributed to weekly papers. In 1903 Adam joined the Melbourne Argus, as a crime reporter, to be followed by Delamore in ...Read more at the source website