Donald Kilgour Rodgers
RODGERS, DONALD KILGOUR (1906-1978), journalist and press secretary, was born on 20 May 1906 at Newcastle, New South Wales, son of Australian-born parents Robert Howden Rodgers, clerk, and his wife Jessie Edith, née Kilgour. Educated locally, Don worked as a journalist on the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate and the Newcastle Sun. In 1931 he joined the Labor Daily in Sydney. While attached to that newspaper's bureau at Parliament House, Canberra, he emerged as an accomplished political reporter. At Scots Church, Sydney, on 21 March 1936 he married with Presbyterian forms Edna Ida Dorothy McNevin, a 22-year-old usherette. In September 1937 he was seconded to assist John Curtin in campaigning for the forthcoming Federal general election. The transfer was intended to be for one month only, but he 'hit it off' with Curtin and accepted a permanent post as his publicity officer (later press secretary).
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