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Distinguished diplomat served around the world

Distinguished diplomat served around the world

Archibald Duncan Campbell AM, who died on October 11, 2021, served Australia in a distinguished career as a diplomat for nearly 40 years from 1955 to 1993.

  • by Jeremy Hearder

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Corneal transplants were his passion

Corneal transplants were his passion

Ian Flett Robertson was an ophthalmologist and corneal transplant surgeon who devoted much of his career to establish the Lions Eye Bank of Victoria, to help facilitate corneal transplants and improve the vision of many Victorians.

  • by Amanda Robertson
Actor Gary Waldhorn, who starred in Vicar of Dibley, has died

Actor Gary Waldhorn, who starred in Vicar of Dibley, has died

Watching Richard Burton playing Henry V fired the Englishman’s ambition to become an actor.

Ian Barker: QC prosecuted Michael and Lindy Chamberlain

Ian Barker: QC prosecuted Michael and Lindy Chamberlain

Some said Chamberlains would have never been convicted if defended by Barker.

  • by Malcolm Brown
‘Fun in the sun with a lot of mud’: Co-founder of Woodstock festival dies

‘Fun in the sun with a lot of mud’: Co-founder of Woodstock festival dies

Michael Lang helped create one of the most pioneering music events of the 20th century – and spent the next 11 years paying it off.

First black Oscar winner who broke down racial stereotyping

First black Oscar winner who broke down racial stereotyping

Poitier was recognised for changing the way in which American society regards black people.

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Famed fossil hunter helped our understanding of human evolution

Famed fossil hunter helped our understanding of human evolution

In a remarkable life, Richard Leakey discovered hundreds of fossils, helped to preserve Africa’s wildlife and became an internationally renowned academic and philanthropist.

Keri Hulme: pipe-smoking author of Booker Prize novel

Keri Hulme: pipe-smoking author of Booker Prize novel

Writer’s response on winning prized award: “You are pulling my leg, aren’t you?”

Rennis Witham: Humble hero of the west

Rennis Witham: Humble hero of the west

A woman of equal parts vision and determination, Rennis Witham was smart, funny, gregarious, loyal and incorruptible.

  • by Anne Hastie
Rob Gowland: communist, activist and film critic

Rob Gowland: communist, activist and film critic

Gowland combined his support for communism and his love for film, distributing foreign cinematic masterpieces.

  • by Peter Mac
Coder, war widow had choice words for Menzies

Coder, war widow had choice words for Menzies

As a teenager, Berry Wormald hosted future prime ministers and got to know Errol Flynn.

  • by Don Wormald