Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a senior writer at The Age writing on anything and everything including sport, music, Australian culture and people, urban and suburban affairs, art and crime. He writes 'The Crate' column in EG every Friday about lost and found music, is a judge on The Australian Music Prize (AMP) and contributes to Good Weekend magazine and The Melbourne Magazine.

The bush therapist

Chris Johnston It's a never-ending road for Michael Oates, helping the mentally ill.

Women should take note - the writing's on the wall

Artist Hazel Dooney in Royal Lane.

Chris Johnston The edgy artist Hazel Dooney says that although lord mayor Robert Doyle, who commissioned her to paint a laneway wall, was ''completely trusting'', some behind the scenes at the City of Melbourne...

Tributes flow as Chopper's dirty laundry gets a final airing


Chris Johnston 'Frankly,' said celebrant Nigel Davies in a quiet moment before Thursday's public memorial for celebrity criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read, 'we don't know what we are going to get. Anything could happen.

Mourners gather to farewell Mark Chopper Read

chopper funeral

Chris Johnston A surprisingly diverse and strongly devoted group of about 70 friends and acquaintances and fans and admirers paid their respects.

Friends and enemies, truth and lies

Elizabeth Coleman

Chris Johnston They have no churches or headquarters, no written policies or doctrines. But this secretive Victorian-based religious sect is again in the spotlight for sexually abusing its own child members.

Flying on a wing and a chair

Dave Jacka

Chris Johnston Dave Jacka's mantra: "You are only limited by what you think you can do".

Geelong roads deadliest in state

Balliang Geelong Road fatality.

Chris Johnston Yet as the area's road toll rises, so too does the political feuding over road funding.

No fries with that

No McDonalds in Tecoma.

Chris Johnston The battle to stop McDonald's opening an outlet in the Dandenongs may appear to be lost, but in Tecoma they're not giving up.

Letter claims 'evidence' of Gawler's fight with cancer

Ian Gawler

Chris Johnston Controversial cancer healer Ian Gawler, OAM, says he has proof of his cancer claims.

Alternative remedies for those with no alternative

Lierre Bayley

Chris Johnston Zeltner Hall is now the Austin's Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Cancer 'healer' Gawler's foundation in crisis

Ian Gawler.

Chris Johnston Controversial cancer healer Ian Gawler's Gawler Foundation is in crisis following a big drop in customers and forced sackings of staff.

Royals hide from public eye in fleeting visit

Britain's Prince Charles.

Chris Johnston When Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall get started in Melbourne on Tuesday morning they will be busy, busy, busy.


Bitter pills

'The traditional view of the drug addict is wrong.'

Chris Johnston An alarming rise in painkiller-related deaths is sparking calls for action.

'Enjoy the craic'- but tears intrude as Jill is laid to rest

Jill Meagher.

Chris Johnston Up on Blackhill Road in Gisborne South, where Irish-born Gillian ''Jill'' Meagher was found dead just over a week ago, the site of her shallow grave is now awash with flowers and mementoes.

'Beautiful funny girl' farewelled in colourful ceremony

Jill Meagher

Chris Johnston Jill Meagher's funeral was an extraordinary event. Only the Irish could celebrate like this. There was deep sadness, of course, for the 29-year-old who was raped and murdered two weeks ago.

Along a haunting country lane people look for a cleansing vigil to restore balance

Shallow grave site on Blackhill rd, Gisbourne South where missing woman, Jill Meagher's body was found.
Floral tributes laid by the road near the grave.

Chris Johnston Places like this have a kind of haunting and that may not last forever. But certainly today and into the forseeable future the patch of Black Hill Road north of Melbourne where poor Jill Meager's...

The mystery of who killed Krystal Fraser

Krystal Fraser.

Chris Johnston and Nino Bucci Krystal Lee Fraser was last seen on June 20, 2009, in Pyramid Hill. It was a Saturday. She had been in accommodation adjoining the maternity ward at Bendigo Hospital, where she was to give birth to...

$100,000 to help find pregnant Krystal's killer

Krystal Fraser

Nino Bucci and Chris Johnston Police hope a $100,000 reward will help reveal who murdered an intellectually disabled woman days before she was due to give birth.

One girl's search for elusive answers amid the grief of teenage rail suicide

Jessica Cummings

Chris Johnston Jessica Cummings is only 18 and she's already grieved at the funerals of too many teenagers, all suicide cases.

To helmet or not? Junior footy is divided on a vexed question

A member of the Ajax junior football club.

Chris Johnston Two weeks ago, one of St Kilda City's three under-nines junior football teams played St Paul's McKinnon.

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