From the Archives, 1958: Renowned Australian explorer, Douglas Mawson, dies

First published in The Age on October 15, 1958 Antarctic Pioneer Dies in Adelaide Adelaide, Tuesday – The famous Antarctic explorer and geologist, Sir Douglas Mawson, died tonight at his home at Brighton. He was 76. Sir Douglas Mawson and expedition members cheering the raising of the Union Jack flag at Proclamation Harbour, Enderby Land, Antarctica, ca. 1930.Credit:Frank Hurley courtesy […]

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From the Archives, 1985: Altona chemical plant explosion lights up the sky

First published in The Age June 1, 1985 Chemical plant explosion injures workers The explosion at the Altona chemical plant.Credit:The Age Archives Three men were injured, one of them seriously, in a gas explosion at a giant petrochemical works in Altona last night. Police at one stage considered evacuating the area because of fears the resulting fire could envelop the […]

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From the Archives, 1976: Ararat prison escapees captured in Footscray

First published in The Age on August 28, 1976 POLICE GRAB BOLAND, RULE Ararat jail escapees Robert Boland and Peter Rule were recaptured in Footscray last night after a high speed chase down the Calder Highway. Front page of The Age published on August 28, 1976.Credit:The Age Archives Shortly before, they burst into Diggers Rest railway station, threatened stationmaster Mr […]

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