Former Argus Newspaper Staff Luncheon

On June 28 MIT welcomed to the Argus building former employees of the Melbourne morning newspaper, The Argus, which closed in 1957.

Eighteen former journalists, photographers, artists and office staff attended the reunion. For most, it was the first time they had been in the building since 1957.

Journalist Jim Usher said his colleagues were surprised and delighted at the redevelopment of the building by MIT.

Jim said: “The Argus was a most reputable newspaper which informed and educated the people of Victoria from 1846 to 1957. We very much appreciate that MIT has continued that role of educating and informing the young students in its care.

“We wish MIT every success in the role they have taken on in the State of Victoria.

“We also appreciate that MIT has established an Argus memorial by creating a mini ‘news room’ of Argus newspapers and items that were used in the production of the paper.”


Former Argus staff who attended the reunion. From left: Bernard Barrett, Warren Embery, Ian Hamilton, Jeanette Conway, Barrie Dunstan, Brian Wood, Mal Bryning, Bob Murray, Alan Green, Jim Usher, John Kiely, Judy Beddoe, Peter Gill, Pierre Russo, Ian McDonald, Pierre Russo, Ray Kennedy, Bob Condon, Stewart Anderson, Vane Lindesay. This photograph was taken by Jay Town, of The Herald-Sun, whose father was a photographer on The Argus.


When The Argus folded, many of the staff went on to establish new careers. Bernard Barrett became an academic at Melbourne University, Jeanette Conway went into TV then became a Nun and worked in human services, Bob Murray is a historian who has written 15 books, Ray Kennedy has a public relations company and speakers bureau, Bob Condon took up positions in public relations at Melbourne and LaTrobe universities, Ian McDonald was team manager of the Australian Test cricket team for 14 years, Alan Green went on to become company secretary of The Herald & Weekly Times, Vane Lindesay was an artist and cartoonist who has produced 12 books, Pierre Russo established himself in publishing, Barrie Dunstan had a distinguished career in finance journalism, Peter Gill changed career in mid-life and became a school teacher. Mal Bryning moved into TV production. John Kiely held senior position in The Age and the Herald & Weekly Times group, as did Ian Hamilton. Jim Usher also held senior positions in The Herald & Weekly Times group and has written three books, one on the Black Saturday bushfires in which he nearly became a victim.