Bruce Juddery

Bruce Juddery
Born (1941-09-25)25 September 1941
Tauranga, New Zealand
Died 16 January 2003(2003-01-16) (aged 61)
Canberra, Australia
Occupation Journalist
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Australian National University
Children Mark Juddery and
Dalisay Krege[1]

Bruce Juddery (25 September 1941  16 January 2003) was an Australian journalist. He wrote primarily for The Canberra Times.

Life and career

Juddery was born in Tauranga, New Zealand on 25 September 1941.[2] He started his newspaper career writing for New Zealand provincial newspapers, before moving to Canberra around 1964 to work at The Canberra Times.[3]

A smoker and heavy drinker, Juddery did leave The Canberra Times on several occasions—on one occasion to work as a public relations adviser at the Australian National University and on another to accept a role as secretary of the ACT branch of the Australian Journalists Association.[2][4] During his career he was a regular at the National Press Club where he was well-known for his long and involved journalistic questions.[5] Juddery opined that the best questions were those that "buggers can't answer and [show] them what bloody bullshit artists they are."[6]

In 1979, Juddery was awarded the Canadian Award for Journalistic Merit, a national award for Australian journalistic excellence reporting on international affairs in the Pacific region.[7]

In 1998 Juddery moved to Iona in Scotland, with a plan to write his memoirs and travel.[8]

Juddery died in Canberra on 16 January 2003.[2] He was the father of journalist Mark Juddery.



  1. Gorrey, Megan (13 January 2015). "Canberra author Mark Juddery dies of cancer, aged 43". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Waterford, Jack (11 February 2003). "Hard-bitten scribe of the old school". The Australian. News Limited. p. 13.
  3. Juddery, Bruce, Australian National University, archived from the original on 18 March 2016
  4. Starck, Nigel (2006). Life After Death: The Art of the Obituary. Melbourne University Press. p. 99.
  5. Ramsey, Alan (29 January 2003). "Deadbeats and blimps who were the fierce minds of journalism". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012.
  6. Bird, Megan (7 May 1989). "Shudders, it's Judders. Chaotic as a person, meticulous as a journalist: that's the abominable Bruce". The Canberra Times. p. 28.
  7. "Canadian award for Bruce Juddery". The Canberra Times. ACT. 15 December 1979. p. 2.
  8. Cook, Michael (1 May 1998). "Bruce judders off to Scotland". Woroni. p. 7.
  9. "Juddery in book form". The Canberra Times. 4 April 1974. p. 3.
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