Thursday, 24 October 2013

"Sharpies - A Dying Race" Warren Osmond, 1967

I have slowly been trawling through the archives of Lot's Wife, the Monash University student publication that has been made available to access online. The quality of the paper is quite startling, the depth and coverage of the articles a reflection of both the writers that Monash was producing and the level of student activism going on at the time. I have a series of posts planned, culled from the archives, and to begin with is this article by Warren Osmond (1947 - 2000), "Sharpies - A Dying Race" from Vol. 7, No. 4 April 18, 1967 (p. 14 - 15). As far as I can tell this is the earliest journalistic analysis of the Sharpie movement in Melbourne beyond contemporary news reports. The title rather misses the mark given the popularity of the sharpie movement well into the 70's.

According to the National Library of Australia, Warren Osmond was a "Journalist and academic...a graduate of both Monash and Sydney Universities where he was active in the radical student movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. As well as working widely as a freelance journalist, he served as foreign and diplomatic editor of the Sydney morning herald, 1987-1994, and editor of Campus review, 1996-2000."

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