On Tuesday 28 June 2016, Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne Campus), the Argus paper’s former home, are hosting an informal event to honour the former employees of the newspaper. The newspaper was a very important part of early Melbourne History and this occasion will mark its importance and salute the former employees. Most of them are in their 80’s and some of them are still writing article and books.
The Argus was a Melbourne morning daily newspaper for 111 years from 1846 to 1957, and during that time was often referred to as "the London Times of the Southern Hemisphere". In 1952 it became the first newspaper in the world to print colour on a daily basis. Its coverage in colour of the Queen’s visit in 1954 and the Olympic Games in 1956 was highly acclaimed.
The Event, Tuesday 28 June, 2016:
Journalists who worked on the paper in the 1950’s have met each year at the Duke of Kent Hotel; the paper's "watering hole", which has now closed.
Melbourne Institute of Technology, are hosting this year’s event in honour of the former Argus employees and to remember the importance they played in Melbourne’s history in teaching young cadets and in opening the world news to this country.
About 30 former Argus journalists and printers will be attending the occasion with their families and for most, it will be the first time they have been back in The Argus building since the paper folded just on 60 years ago.
Further, a small gallery has been established as a museum of sorts, of framed Argus newspapers and other memorabilia on level 2 of the Latrobe St building.