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Psychologist taught American sign language to chimp

Psychologist taught American sign language to chimp

Washoe the chimp would look through magazines and catalogues, and developed a particular fascination for shoes.

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Italian actress married to Roger Moore during James Bond stardom

Italian actress married to Roger Moore during James Bond stardom

The last of Mattioli’s score or so of screen appearances came in Bikini Pericolosi (“Dangerous Bikinis”) in 1963.

NSW lawyer dubbed ‘hanging judge’ was PNG peacemaker

NSW lawyer dubbed ‘hanging judge’ was PNG peacemaker

Woods warned in 2013 that Australia would be embarrassed by a ruling that sending asylum seekers to PNG amounted to an illegal deprivation of liberty.

  • by Nyasa Holmes and Memory Sanders
Alan Dale: Pioneer rock ‘n’ roller on the Sydney scene

Alan Dale: Pioneer rock ‘n’ roller on the Sydney scene

Dale: “I had to build a band exactly the same as Bill Haley’s Comets.”

  • by Glenn A Baker
Fred Widdop: health professional exemplar

Fred Widdop: health professional exemplar

Dr Fred Widdop had a storied career. His life could have successfully taken many paths, but it was the community’s gain that he devoted his talents to public dental health.

Virginia Walker: fundraiser and friend to refugees

Virginia Walker: fundraiser and friend to refugees

Distressed arrivals from war-torn countries found a friend in the founder of Bridge for Asylum Seekers.

  • by Barry Tranter
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Brian Nebenzahl: pioneer of theatre programs, price one shilling

Brian Nebenzahl: pioneer of theatre programs, price one shilling

“The deal was that you bought your girlfriend a corsage, a box of Winning Post chocolates and, of course, a program.”

  • by Clare Masters
Norm Field: pilot whose career went from Tiger Moths to Boeing 747s

Norm Field: pilot whose career went from Tiger Moths to Boeing 747s

Field took Qantas 707 into Vietnam war zone to airlift servicemen home.

  • by Jim Eames
Merle Mitchell: community activist colossus

Merle Mitchell: community activist colossus

From her early days as a volunteer, through to the pinnacle of being president of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) as well as VCOSS, and countless committees, advisory groups, federal, state and local government inquiries, Merle Mitchell was a central figure in Australian social welfare for 50 years.

  • by Jon Faine
From the Archives, 1931: Death of Sir John Monash

From the Archives, 1931: Death of Sir John Monash

On this day in 1931 Sir John Monash, soldier, engineer and administrator, died. Monash was considered one of the First World War’s outstanding commanders. Loved and admired by many, more than 250,000 mourners attended his state funeral in Melbourne.

  • by Staff writers
John Clunies-Ross, ‘king’ of the Cocos Islands, was toppled by Canberra

John Clunies-Ross, ‘king’ of the Cocos Islands, was toppled by Canberra

His feudal kingdom triggered columns of indignation from liberal-minded Australian journalists.