Dr Ian D. K. A. Siggins

Ian Siggins: A true Renaissance man

Dr Ian D. K. Siggins was a polymath, distinguished historian, public servant and healthcare advocate. He passed away surrounded by family at his home in Brisbane on November 28th after a brief period of serious illness.

Wesley headmaster

David Prest was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to education.

David Prest was the second longest serving principal of Melbourne's Wesley College, leading the school for 20 years from 1972-1991. His tenure began at the end of the era of "great man" headmasters at Melbourne's Associated Public Schools, most notably James Darling at Geelong Grammar, Gerard Cramer at Carey Baptist Grammar and Brian Hone at Melbourne Grammar. 

Vale Dr John La Salle 1951-2018

Dr John La Salle, who died in a head-on car crash near Tumut on May 27.

Farewell to an enthusiastic, internationally renowned entomologist who championed open access to biodiversity information.

In Passing

London agent Lady Penelope and Parker.

Joan Wile, a former songwriter and actress who in her 70s weaponised the power of grandmotherhood by organising a nine-year-long weekly vigil by fellow venerable protesters against the war in Iraq, has died  in Nanuet, New York. She was 86.  Wile had written letters and marched against the war, but it was a horrific photograph in Time magazine — of a 12-year-old Iraqi boy who had been burned and lost both arms and whose family had been killed by American bombs — that galvanised her to do even more. "I've got to do something," Ms. Wile later recalled saying to herself. "Suddenly the word 'grandmother' popped into my head. 'Wow,' I thought, 'that's a magic word. It connotes wisdom, love, nurturing, maturity, good common sense. People will take us seriously.'" New York Times

In Passing

In Passing

On her first day on the job, Gertrude Jeannette, believed to be the first woman to drive a cab in New York City, got in an accident – on purpose.

Burger King co-founder helped make the Whopper

David Edgerton, right, with his Burger King partner, James W. McLamore, in the 1960s beside a company plane.

David Edgerton, a serial entrepreneur who helped turn a South Florida hamburger franchise into Burger King but who came to regret selling the company before it became a whopping fast-food empire, has died at a hospital in Miami. He was 90.

Peter Nicholls, larger-than-life champion of science fiction

Peter Nicholls, academic and champion of science fiction.

Peter Nicholls was born in Melbourne in 1939 to parents Alan and Shirley Nicholls. He was followed by sisters Margaret and Helen, and the children grew up embedded in Melbourne's left-wing intellectual scene.