Tag: Obituary

Michael Schildberger

Former journalist and broadcaster Michael Schildberger has died in hospital in Melbourne at the age of 72, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. Schildberger started his career in journalism as a cadet reporter for The Sun newspaper in Melbourne in 1955. He later moved to GTV9 in 1958 as a reporter. During his many …

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Murray Nicoll

Award winning journalist Murray Nicoll has died after a battle with leukaemia. With a career spanning 45 years, including print, radio and television news, Nicoll, 66, won a Walkley Award for his coverage during the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires where he described to listeners of radio 5DN, Adelaide, the devastation of watching his own home …

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John McCallum

Actor and producer John McCallum, co-creator of the iconic TV series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, has died in a Sydney nursing home at age 91. Born in Brisbane in 1918, McCallum was trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before a career that included stage, film and television in both the United Kingdom and …

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Ken Austin

Ken Austin, well known radio and television identity in Shepparton, has died at the age of 86. He started his radio career as a teenager at Warragul-based radio station 3UL in 1941 and after serving with the army returned to the station.  In 1949, he was promoted to the position of chief announcer at sister …

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Monica Maughan

Actress Monica Maughan, star of stage, film and television, has died in Melbourne. One of Australia’s most recognisable actresses, Maughan made her professional debut back to 1957 with the Melbourne Theatre Company.  It is believed that in her career spanning half a century she had starred in more MTC productions than any other performer. Television …

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Brian James

Of the names remembered in our last post of 2009 there was one name that has only now come to our attention – actor Brian James, who passed away late last year at the age of 91. A former schoolteacher, James served in the Navy for six years before making his professional acting debut in …

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2009: We remember…

… some of those that departed us this year:   Ernie Bourne    Brian Naylor     Reg Evans     Frank Gallacher  Peter Wherrett     John Sorell  Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell  Ray Barrett  Mike Leyland Gordon Boyd Don Lane

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Don Lane

American-born entertainer and one of the greats of Australian TV variety, Don Lane has died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75. Born Morton Donald Isaacson in 1933, Lane grew up in the Bronx district of New York. A nightclub performer in the US, he first came to Australia in the mid-1960s when …

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Gordon Boyd

Gordon Boyd, TV host of the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Sydney at the age of 86. A familiar name in the United Kingdom, Boyd first came to Australia in the 1960s to star in a stage musical, Wildcat, that folded after eight weeks but by then Boyd and his wife Joan had already …

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Mike Leyland

Mike Leyland, the elder of the Leyland Brothers, has died at the age of 68 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. A former cameraman for regional television station NBN, Mike and his brother Mal produced a documentary on the Darling River that was sold to the Nine Network and subsequently sold worldwide. The pair later produced …

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