Norman Haire was born in Sydney’s Paddington in 1892, the year in which the word ‘homosexual’ is said to have entered the English language in the translation of Krafft-Ebing’sPsychopathia Sexualis. It was a coincidence Haire might have enjoyed, though for a man given to speaking his mind he was always discreet about his homosexuality.
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Norman Haire and the Study of Sex
by Diana Wyndham
Sydney University Press, $35 pb, 485 pp, 9781743320068
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John Rickard is the author of Australia: A Cultural History (2017). In his youth he worked as an actor and singer.
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