Brodzky was Victoria’s first significant muckraker.
The Polish migrant Herald reporter started Table Talk magazine in 1885 with a racy mix of gossip, social notes, politics, the arts and literature.
When the land boom busted into Depression, Brodzky was years ahead of the daily newspapers in exposing the corruption and secret deals in the banks and financial institutions run by some of Melbourne’s most prominent citizens.
He revealed the names of land boomers who tried to hide their identities in "secret compositions" with their creditors who received tiny payouts.
Watch the video tribute to Maurice Brodzky: