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Peter Hood: Drummer with The Atlantics on international hit ‘Bombora’

Peter Hood: Drummer with The Atlantics on international hit ‘Bombora’

From the start, Peter Hood was ‘the driving force’ behind the band’s monstrous, pounding sound.

  • by Glenn A Baker

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‘Properly Shakespearean’: John Elliott’s fall from grace came after greatness

‘Properly Shakespearean’: John Elliott’s fall from grace came after greatness

John Elliott’s business career faded following his bankruptcy, but leading business figures say his contribution to Melbourne business life should not be so easily forgotten or dismissed.

  • by Sarah Danckert and Daniel Brettig
George Holliday: Plumber who videoed police beating of Rodney King

George Holliday: Plumber who videoed police beating of Rodney King

The grainy yet distinct video of four white officers assaulting a black man is among the 20th century’s most recognised images.

Vale, John Elliott, one of the country’s great characters

Vale, John Elliott, one of the country’s great characters

To some, the businessman, former Liberal president and ex-Carlton boss will be remembered as a brilliant star who exploded across the corporate firmament. Others will look upon him less favourably.

  • by Peter Denton
All’s fair in love and newspaper circulation wars

All’s fair in love and newspaper circulation wars

Ford beat the Mirror repeatedly on such stories as the murder of John Lennon and the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana.

  • by Kerry Myers
Inventor of pocket calculator and troubled C5 three-wheeler

Inventor of pocket calculator and troubled C5 three-wheeler

The journalist who took the tricycle for test drive wrote: “Formula One bath-chair … had travelled five yards outdoors when everything when phut.”

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Co-founder Jessie Street National Women’s Library

Co-founder Jessie Street National Women’s Library

“A women’s library highlights women’s contribution to their country’s development.”

  • by Sybil Jack
Forged cross-cultural alliances among PNG students

Forged cross-cultural alliances among PNG students

In her first 35 years, Maev O’Collins achieved success at school and university and carved out an envied reputation as a Melbourne social worker involved in family counselling and adoption.

  • by Les Coleman
Neddy Smith: a murderous thug never cunning enough to avoid the law

Neddy Smith: a murderous thug never cunning enough to avoid the law

Despite seven convictions by the age of 18, his criminal record never matched his brutality.

  • by Malcolm Brown
First female animator worked on Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

First female animator worked on Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

Groundbreaking animator Anne Jolliffe said, that as a woman in the business, “she had to work twice as hard as the men, be twice as good, and to fight”.

  • by Janet Ramsay
SSO clarinettist commanded formidable stage presence

SSO clarinettist commanded formidable stage presence

Donald Westlake could launch a sequence of breath-taking pyrotechnics that few other clarinet players could match.

  • by Nigel Westlake