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The Argus: Life and Death of a Newspaper, edited by Jim Usher

The Argus: Life and Death of a Newspaper,edited by Jim Usher; Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007, $39.95. There was a joke among Melbourne journalists in the 1950s that whenever reporters from the city’s morning papers were ushered into Government House (for a rare reception or press conference), an aide would introduce them in order of rank: “Your Excellency, may I present the gentleman from the Age, the man from the Argus and the bloke from the Sun.” Paul Ormonde used to tell that story (he may have invented it), and it had a special piquancy for those who remembered the Argus…

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