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His mother died soon afterwards, his father when he was 10 years old. About two years later he was sent to Victoria where an uncle was a farmer near Geelong.
Two years later he went to New Zealand and for many years was a journalist.
His second volume, Behind the Tomb; and other Poems, was published at Melbourne in and in Flowers of the Free Lands was published at Dunedin. In Bracken was elected to the house of representatives for Dunedin Central, but at the election lost his seat by three votes.
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He was elected again in but was not a candidate in or at any subsequent election. In the meantime he had published in Lays of the Land of the Maori and Moa, which contains some of his best work. A collection of his poems with illustrations, Musings in Maoriland, was published in Bracken went to Australia to push its sales, and a large number of copies was disposed of.
He also did some lecturing which was not a success. His health, however, was declining and he returned to Dunedin within a year. He died there in straightened circumstances on 16 February He had come from Protestant Irish stock but became a Roman Catholic during the last two years of his life.
He left a widow and one son. Bracken was a man of generous temperament and a good journalist, but his reputation as a poet has steadily declined. Some of his work is good popular verse, but the bulk of it is quite undistinguished. Otago Daily Times, 17 February ; G. W Otterson, Memoirs of Thomas Bracken.
He was the son of Henry Braddon, a solicitor and his wife, formerly Fanny White. Miss Braddon the novelist was a younger sister.
He afterwards joined the Indian civil service and became an assistant-commissioner, fought with distinction as a volunteer during the Indian mutiny, and afterwards filled various important official posts. He was inspector-general of registration and commissioner of excise and stamps when he retired with a pension in He went to Tasmania, in the following year was elected a member of the house of assembly for West Devon, and represented that constituency until November He became leader of the opposition in and on the defeat of the Agnew q.
He, however, resigned the premiership to Sir Philip Fysh q. On 1 November he was appointed agent-general for Tasmania in London, and held this position with distinction until September On returning to Tasmania he was again elected member for West Devon and leader of the opposition.Introduction, a general sketch of Hazlitt's life and writingsMy first acquaintance with poetsOn the conversation of authors.
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