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As it happened… a look at wages growth in 20th century...

The rise and rise of wages over the decades is in the fabric of our history. But cutting wages? It happened! At the hands of...

As it Happened – Beyond the stories… Pope John Paul II...

An airforce jet touched down at Perth airport and a specially-built Mercedes eased its way out onto the tarmac at 1.30pm on Sunday, 30...

As it Happened: beyond the stories – an about face on...

This month, in 1875, the design of Western Australia’s flag with its black swan was confirmed in despatches by Governor William Robinson. It began...

As it happened: beyond the stories – the musical revolution of...

In 1960, groups of boys in different parts of the world, but most notably England, got together with their cheap musical instruments. Barely teenagers,...

A fond farewell to John Cornell

Crocodile Dundee, the movie, was only forming in the mind of John ‘Strop’ Cornell when we met at his Byron Bay pub about 40...

As it happened – beyond the stories… when it comes to...

The years 1801-1803 is the standout period on the international cultural calendar. That was the year Greece lost its Marbles.  In one of the world’s great...

As it happened… beyond the stories – Normie Rowe reflects on...

Several years ago, Normie Rowe was called to Perth for a television pilot, being produced by Johnny Young, with a script I’d written. We assembled...

As it happened…beyond the stories – a look back at a...

Twenty-nine years ago, we media monitored every move by the Queen, on her fourth visit to Western Australia. And the crowds came out as...

As it happened – beyond the stories – social champion Edith...

One hundred years ago, Australia felt a political shock that led to significant social changes. The sole cause was WA’s Edith Cowan who, in becoming...

A look back at the ports of Albany and Fremantle

Fifty-five years ago, when I arrived in Albany from Perth to start a journalistic cadetship, the town stank. The stench from whale slaughter wafted across...

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