Thomas William Heney

Thomas William Heney (5 November 186219 August 1928) was an Australian journalist and poet.

Heney was the son of Thomas William Heney, journalist, was born at Sydney, and was educated at Cooma. Heney Senior died in 1875. Heney Junior joined the staff of The Sydney Morning Herald as a junioir assistant reader in 1878, he became a reporter on the Sydney Daily Telegraph six years later. He was editor of the "Western Grazier" at Wilcannia in 1886 but returned to Sydney in 1889 and worked on the "Echo" until it ceased publication in 1893. He then rejoined the "Herald" as a reviewer and writer of occasional leaders, was appointed associate editor in 1899, and editor in October 1903. He held this position until 1918 and was subsequently editor of the Brisbane Telegraph from 1920 to 1923, and the "Sydney Daily Telegraph" from 1923 to 1925. He retired on account of ill health in 1925, and died of heart disease at Springwood in the Blue Mountains on 19 August 1928 and was buried in the Anglican cemetery. He married in 1896 Amy, daughter of Henry Gullett, who survived him with a son and two daughters.

Heney was a quiet and modest man and a first-rate journalist, with a sense of the responsibility of his office as an editor. He published two volumes of poetry, "Fortunate Days" in 1886 and "In Middle Harbour" in 1890; but though he is represented in several anthologies his cultivated verse seldom reaches beyond the edge of poetry. His novel, "The Girl at Birrell's", is a simple story of pastoral life told with some ability. Another novel, "A Station Courtship", was also written by him, it was serialized in the Melbourne "Leader" in 1898-99.


*Dictionary of Australian Biography|First=Thomas William|Last=Heney|Link=
*Ken Stewart, ' [ Heney, Thomas William (1862 - 1928)] ', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, MUP, 1983, pp 258-259.

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