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From the Archives: Brickbats and bouquets for first 'Madam Speaker'

From the Archives: Brickbats and bouquets for first 'Madam Speaker'

On this day in 1986, ex-factory worker Joan Child made history when she became the first woman to be Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

  • by Rod Frail and George Wilson

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From the Archives, 1964: Hope Fades for 85 Missing Men
Tragedy

From the Archives, 1964: Hope Fades for 85 Missing Men

The collision of HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager is the Royal Australian Navy's worst peacetime disaster. We look back with this article from the archives.

  • by Staff writers
From the Archives, 1984: Australian embassy under fire in Beirut
War

From the Archives, 1984: Australian embassy under fire in Beirut

In 1984 the Australian embassy in Beirut was severely damaged during the civil war in Lebanon. We revisit the precarious position of the embassy and its staff.

  • by Jill Baker
From the Archives, 1969: Southern Aurora train crash kills nine
Tragedy

From the Archives, 1969: Southern Aurora train crash kills nine

50 years ago the Southern Aurora express train collided with a goods train outside of Violet Town, Victoria. We revisit the tragedy with this article from the archives.

  • by Ken Hooper with staff writers
From the Archives, 2009: Black Saturday fires devastate Victoria
Black Saturday

From the Archives, 2009: Black Saturday fires devastate Victoria

10 years ago the Black Saturday bushfires engulfed Victoria, causing widespread devastation. We remember the tragedy with these articles from the archives.

  • by Andrew Rule, Simon Mann and Karen Kissane
From the Archives, 1952: The King is dead, long live The Queen
Royal family

From the Archives, 1952: The King is dead, long live The Queen

On this day in 1952, news broke that King George VI had died, and his elder daughter Princess Elizabeth would be proclaimed the new Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. We revisit the Herald's coverage of that momentous day.

  • by Staff reporter
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From the Archives, 1945: The liberation of Manila
World War II

From the Archives, 1945: The liberation of Manila

On this day in 1945, Herald reporter Jack Percival filed a first-hand account of the liberation of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, where he had spent the last three years as a prisoner-of-war.

  • by Jack Percival
From the Archives: R.A.A.F. bomber crash kills eight near Richmond

From the Archives: R.A.A.F. bomber crash kills eight near Richmond

60 years ago today, eight airmen were killed when an R.A.A.F. Neptune bomber crashed in a ball of flame five miles from its base on the outskirts of Sydney.

  • by Staff
From the Archives, 1984: Medicare is introduced in Australia
Medicare

From the Archives, 1984: Medicare is introduced in Australia

35 years ago the Hawke Government introduced Medicare. We remember the achievement, as well as the conflict and the confusion, with this article from the archives.

  • by Staff Writers
From the Archives: Nauru gets independence from Australia, NZ and UK
Nauru

From the Archives: Nauru gets independence from Australia, NZ and UK

On this day in 1968 the tiny island nation of Nauru became independent, ending 80 years of colonial rule.

  • by Staff reporter
From the Archives: Assassin kills Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi

From the Archives: Assassin kills Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi

On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated while walking to a morning prayer meeting. The Herald's correspondent reflects on the Indian activist and leader's life and creed of non-violence.

  • by Staff correspondent