From the Archives, 1996: Thousands of guns crushed in wake of Port Arthur

First published in The Age on August 26, 1996 Thousands of guns go into crusher Thousands of surrendered guns, already rendered inoperable, were dismantled and crushed yesterday. Guns about to be destroyed as part of the 1996 buyback. Credit:Dean Sewell About 5500 guns were destroyed at a Simsmetal yard in

From the Archives, 1986: Mad Max death was justifiable homicide

First published in The Age on August 13, 1986 Mad Max death was justifiable homicide The death of Pavel Vasilof Marina, who shot and wounded six police before being killed by a police shotgun blast, was a case of justifiable homicide, the city coroner found yesterday. ‘Mad Max’ Pavel Marinof’s

From the Archives, 2000: Howard bets future on GST

First published in The Age on July 1, 2000 PM bets future on GST Prime Minister John Howard declared yesterday he had put his “head on the block” to secure tax reform, signalling he will wear the blame if the system introduced today fails to deliver a stronger and fairer

From the Archives, 1985: HMAS Wollongong rescued off Victorian coast

First published in The Age on June 3, 1985 Navy hopes to refloat damaged boat today The navy will try to refloat its $10 million patrol boat. HMAS Wollongong, at dawn today at high tide. Navy divers guided by a private salvage contractor, worked throughout the night to prepare the

From the Archives, 1990: Fury as historic Geelong woolstore demolished

First published in The Age on April 28, 1990 Heritage groups furious as woolstore demolition begins Wreckers began demolishing a section of the historic Bow Truss Woolstore in Geelong yesterday, sparking a serious rift between the State Government and its main heritage policy advisory groups. The Bow Truss Woolstore building

From the Archives, 1980: Baby Azaria vanishes in dingo country

First published in The Age on August 19, 1980 Baby that vanished in dingo country A Seventh Day Adventist minister said yesterday that he and his wife would build a small monument to their 10-week-old daughter believed to have been snatched by a dingo at Ayers Rock on Sunday night.

From the Archives, 1977: Three Melbourne banks robbed in a single day

First published in The Age on August 13, 1977 Raids net $33,000 The bandit who escaped with $5112 in a raid on the Queen Street branch of the National Bank.Credit:Victoria Police Bandits pistol-whipped a bank manager and fired a shot at a security camera in one of three armed bank

From the Archives, 1979: Antarctic jet crashes in Mount Erabus disaster

First published in The Age on November 29, 1979 Antarctic jet crashes DC-10 wreckage found on volcano near Scott Base ‘No hope’ for 257 on pleasure flight The tail section of an Air New Zealand DC10 plane is seen after it crashed into Mount Erebus in Antarctica in 1979.Credit:New Zealand