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From the Archives, 1998: TV’s “Two Fat Ladies” draw a crowd in Melbourne

From the Archives, 1998: TV’s “Two Fat Ladies” draw a crowd in Melbourne

In September 1998, the stars of the TV show “Two Fat Ladies” came to Melbourne. The popular duo did book signings, and promoted their cooking program which aired on the ABC.

  • by John Mangan

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From the Archives, 1971: “I’m like a shag on a rock in London.”

From the Archives, 1971: “I’m like a shag on a rock in London.”

14 years after The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll launched his international career, playwright Ray Lawler was back in Australia - but not for long.

  • by Lenore Nicklin
From the Archives, 1946: Crowds mass to see first flight to Canada

From the Archives, 1946: Crowds mass to see first flight to Canada

Seventy-five years ago, civil aviation in Australia was carried another step forward when the A.N.A. Skymaster Warana took off from Laverton in Melbourne on the first flight of the Australia-Canada service.

  • by Staff Writers
From the Archives, 1956: Frenzied first night for rock ’n roll film

From the Archives, 1956: Frenzied first night for rock ’n roll film

Hundreds of teenagers queued for hours to get a seat at the Australian premiere of Rock Around the Clock, a film which had caused riots overseas.

  • by Staff reporter
From the Archives, 1954: Dashing Bulldogs’ grand final victory over Melbourne

From the Archives, 1954: Dashing Bulldogs’ grand final victory over Melbourne

Flashback to 1954 when Footscray defeated Melbourne at the MCG in front of 82,697 people to win the VFL premiership for the first time. It’s the only time the Bulldogs and Demons have met in a grand final.

  • by Percy Beames
From the Archives, 1961: PM condemns ‘shocking’ Soviet nuclear tests

From the Archives, 1961: PM condemns ‘shocking’ Soviet nuclear tests

Prime Minister Robert Menzies condemned the “suddenness and brutality” of Russia’s resumption of atmospheric nuclear testing, saying the threat posed to world peace by the tests was “shocking and deeply depressing”.

  • by Staff Writers
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From the Archives, 1997: Bulldogs lick wounds as Port steal home

From the Archives, 1997: Bulldogs lick wounds as Port steal home

In their inaugural AFL campaign, the Power charged home to famously snare the points at Princes Park. The Dogs opened up with eight goals to one in the opening term but were kept to just four majors over the next three quarters as the Power won outside of Adelaide for the first time.

  • by Stephen Howell and Bruce Eva
From the Archives, 2006: Desperate acts can’t split Cats, Demons

From the Archives, 2006: Desperate acts can’t split Cats, Demons

Melbourne flew out to a 31-point lead by half-time after a run of four unanswered goals in the second stanza. A six-goal third term by Geelong, however, turned the tables dramatically. Steve Johnson kicked his fourth goal in the final quarter to bring the home side within a point, but in the end the opponents could not be separated.

  • by Lyall Johnson
From the Archives, 2001: The Taliban’s war on women

From the Archives, 2001: The Taliban’s war on women

Denied basic rights, women in Afghanistan were treated only slightly better than farm animals. A day before the 9/11 attacks, the Herald published this report.

  • by Paul McGeough
From the Archives, 1986: Alan Bond’s failed football revolution

From the Archives, 1986: Alan Bond’s failed football revolution

On this day in 1986, a $12 million bid by president-elect Alan Bond to establish Richmond in Brisbane by playing 11 away games there from the 1987 season onwards, was roundly criticised by other VFL clubs and attacked by the Queensland Australian Football league. Had the plan succeeded, it may have reduced the pressure on Fitzroy to move to Queensland.

  • by Ron Carter
From the Archives 2001: Lleyton Hewitt wins US Open days before 9/11

From the Archives 2001: Lleyton Hewitt wins US Open days before 9/11

In New York just two days before the 9/11 attacks, Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt had the keys to the city for a night, having beaten Pete Sampras to win the US Open.

  • by Mark Riley