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Argus: The Life and Death of a Great Melbourne Newspaper (1846-1957), The

Imprint: Melbourne, Vic.; RMIT Publishing; 2003Extent: 68 p.ISBN: 0864592965Publication Type: Conference PaperSubjects: Media; History; Newspapers; Journalism; Modern historyPeer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

Abstract: History does not simply consist of what is on the public record. As both journalists and historians know, it is also shaped by people, events, and institutions ignored or overlooked in published accounts. For every published version there is also a 'previously untold story', as newspapers like to say. This is certainly the case with 'The Argus' newspaper. From its birth in 1846 to its sudden demise in 1957, 'The Argus' was a Melbourne institution. In the nineteenth century, it was the newspaper adversary against which David Syme measured the progress of 'The Age', and in the twentieth it ranked with Keith Murdoch's now more famous Herald & Weekly Times titles. 'The Argus' began as a broadsheet, was politically conservative for most of its life, but ended up as a Labor-leaning tabloid. The reasons for its closure were never made completely clear. On 24 September 2001, more than 90 people, including many veterans of 'The Argus', gathered at RMIT for a highly enjoyable one-day conference, entitled 'The Argus: The Life and Death of a Great Newspaper'. Refereed academic papers were presented at the conference, and seven papers are published here.