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Brian Goldsmith: charismatic, energetic ringmaster

Brian Goldsmith: charismatic, energetic ringmaster

Brian Goldsmith, the man who virtually invented the nightclub in Melbourne and whose name became a byword for glamour and fun over four decades, has died, aged 88.

  • by Peter Wilmoth

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Book on women's obsession with 'slenderness' a bestseller

Book on women's obsession with 'slenderness' a bestseller

Anorexia and bulimia were little-discussed disorders at the time.

Blind pianist who read braille music was promoted by Sinatra

Blind pianist who read braille music was promoted by Sinatra

Sinatra in Australia in 1961 told Lee: "I want you to come over to the States. In fact you have to do that, because you’re a talent we want to foster."

  • by John Shand
Widely considered to be father of paediatric renal medicine

Widely considered to be father of paediatric renal medicine

David McCredie, a pioneer in the treatment of children’s kidney disease in Australia, began his medical career in the early 1950s, at a time when chronic renal failure in children was almost invariably fatal.

  • by Jane McCredie and Harley Powell
Merseybeat Pacemaker Gerry was rival to the Beatles

Merseybeat Pacemaker Gerry was rival to the Beatles

His band's version of You’ll Never Walk Alone became the unofficial standard for Liverpool and its football club.

Renowned beauty was half-Australian princess of Burma

Renowned beauty was half-Australian princess of Burma

June Rose was very close to her father, who told her yarns about his time in the Australian bush and read her Henry Lawson's poems.

  • by Hamish McDonald
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Gilligan's Island fame lasted nearly 60 years for star Dawn Wells

Gilligan's Island fame lasted nearly 60 years for star Dawn Wells

The actress who radiated all-American wholesomeness and a youthful naïve charm as the character Mary Ann on the hit 1960s sitcom has died from COVID-19 complications. She was 82.

Photographer captured divine details of faces and places

Photographer captured divine details of faces and places

Gael Newton said of Jon Lewis: "[He] successfully pursued a 'poetic quality' in his photography of the Australian landscape."

Lost but not forgotten in annus horribilis 2020

Lost but not forgotten in annus horribilis 2020

Tributes must be paid this year to not only the famous and familiar but those who died from coronavirus.

  • by Tim Barlass
Pioneer in the cardiac applications of ultrasound

Pioneer in the cardiac applications of ultrasound

Professor Ian McDonald, a cardiologist and world-recognised pioneer in echocardiography, mentor and thinking physician, has died in Melbourne at the age of 87.

  • by Andrew MacIsaac and Michael Jelinek
Piano player kept it in the family

Piano player kept it in the family

Francis lived in an eclectic household in Darlinghurst where many legendary jam sessions were held.