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PNG leader navigated country through independence

PNG leader navigated country through independence

Controversy was never far away from the long-serving PNG leader.

  • by Gerry Carman

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Original thinker changed face of investment banking in Australia

Original thinker changed face of investment banking in Australia

John Caldon achieved much between a childhood in Yorkshire and becoming co-founder of Macquarie Bank.

  • by Adam Geha
Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

City Lights Books published Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many others. The most famous release was Ginsberg’s anthemic poem, Howl.

  • by Hillel Italie and Janie Har
Rape victim met her attacker twice in court

Rape victim met her attacker twice in court

Defence grilled Ham on the stand for a day and a half, suggesting that she was a prostitute who had fought with her pimp.

Shadow of Holocaust left behind for life in Sydney

Shadow of Holocaust left behind for life in Sydney

Having escaped from Hungary to Vienna, Lenart was sent a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald and he applied for an engineering position.

US tennis star denied grand slam by Rosewall

US tennis star denied grand slam by Rosewall

Only a defeat to Ken Rosewall in the semi-finals of the Australian Championships denied Trabert the grand slam in 1955.

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Olga Tennison: lived a life of giving to others

Olga Tennison: lived a life of giving to others

Olga Tennison, who had a profound impact on the lives of autistic people and their families, has died a few months short of her 93rd birthday.

  • by Cheryl Dissanayake
Classics teacher a delightful contradiction of a fellow

Classics teacher a delightful contradiction of a fellow

Harry Nicolson was responsible for kick-starting and overseeing much of the transformation of technical and further education in NSW.

  • by Pat Sheil
Lord Vestey ‘abidingly proud of his Australian descent’

Lord Vestey ‘abidingly proud of his Australian descent’

The famous land-owner was a relative of Dame Nellie Melba and his property, Wave Hill, is now famous for the walk-off land strike by the Gurindji people in the 1970s.

  • by Mark McGinness
Barrister with a heart of gold

Barrister with a heart of gold

Australia has lost one of its best fighters for the underdog Colin Lovitt, QC, who died in early January at the age of 76.

  • by Peter Searle
Supremes singer original member of groundbreaking Motown group

Supremes singer original member of groundbreaking Motown group

According to Shelley Berger, who booked out Motown acts, “it was understood the Supremes’ audience was white”.