listen to older voices: pasquale colodonato – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: Pasquale Colodonato – Part 3

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Welcome to the 3rd and final part of the story of Pasquale Colodonato. Born in a small rural Italian village in 1935, Pasquale survived WWII despite losing his home and his father. He won...
sunday essay: the female eunuch at 50, germaine greer’s fearless, feminist masterpiece

Sunday essay: The Female Eunuch at 50, Germaine Greer’s fearless, feminist masterpiece

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Germaine Greer at The Chelsea Hotel in 1972. AAP Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch changed lives. Published 50 years ago in October 1970, it exists in the popular imagination as a kind of shorthand for that...
sunday essay: who was jeanne barret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe?

Sunday essay: who was Jeanne Barret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe?

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A modern portrait of Jeanne Barret disguised as a man, based on the author’s interpretation. Timothy Ide, Author provided In 1765, a young, peasant woman left a remote corner of rural France where her impoverished...
a-lop-bam-boom: little richard’s saucy style underpins today’s hits

A-lop-bam-boom: Little Richard’s saucy style underpins today’s hits

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Robbie Drexhage/Wikimedia Little Richard was washing dishes at a Greyhound bus station in Macon, Georgia when he wrote Tutti Frutti, Good Golly Miss Molly and Long Tall Sally. The singer, who died Saturday at 87, sent the...
hidden women of history: wauba debar, an indigenous swimmer from tasmania who saved her captors

Hidden women of history: Wauba Debar, an Indigenous swimmer from Tasmania who saved her...

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Though her brave acts were acknowledged after her death, Wauba Debar’s grave was later robbed in the name of “science”. Tirin/Wikimedia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains images and...
the odd friday lunch simon madden, fri 13

The Odd Friday Lunch Simon Madden, Fri 13

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Simon Madden was one of the greatest ruckman to play AFL and is one of Essendon's greats Born 30/12/57, he played for Essendon between ’74 & ’92. He remained loyal to Essendon, despite significant offers to...
vale clive james – a marvellous low voice whose gracious good humour let others shine

Vale Clive James – a marvellous low voice whose gracious good humour let others...

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An unlikely television star, Clive James shone a light on absurdity but let us make up our own minds about it. Image: Alan Porritt/AAP Australian writer and broadcaster Clive James has died at 80 years of age...
sunday essay: the australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before nimbin

Sunday essay: the Australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before Nimbin

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Whitlanders in the 1940s. Established in 1941 near the base of Victoria’s Mount Buffalo, this Catholic community celebrated the ‘dignity of manual labour’ and was led by a charismatic athlete and former judge’s...
Barry Humphries' humour is now history

Sunday essay: Barry Humphries’ humour is now history – that’s the fate of topical,...

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Dame Edna Everage at Melbourne Town Hall in 2006 after being presented with the Key to the City. Simon Mossman/AAP Let’s face it, Thursday evenings on ABC television are not quite the same any...
Choir of Hard Knocks

Jonathon Welch Farewells Choir of Hard Knocks in ‘Seasons of Love’ concert

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After 13 years at the helm of Australia's most famous and loved, award winning choir - the Choir of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM will give his Melbourne farewell concert Seasons of Love...