• Fucked By God’s Steel Prick: In Conversation With Wendy Bacon

    Fucked By God’s Steel Prick: In Conversation With Wendy Bacon

    When she first arrived on campus she was lost. On the day of our interview, a frantic phone call with Wendy Bacon dictated our first impressions of one another. We had arranged to meet around the Main Library lawn. A naive decision of mine, believing that she would recognise the landmark library opened by Robert…

  • John Niland’s Wasteland

    John Niland’s Wasteland

    Some say that John Niland was born under a tree at UNSW. His life has, in one way or another, always revolved around the university. When he was the young student who helped mastermind Foundation Day in 1961, nobody knew how much of a lasting impact he would have had decades later as Vice-Chancellor. Niland’s…

  • On Richard Neville: Unravelling Tharunka’s Larrikin

    On Richard Neville: Unravelling Tharunka’s Larrikin

    For all the words written about the life of Richard Neville I cannot scroll past a black and white image of him in his youth. With a face framed by jet black bangs, Neville has one hand casually perched in his jean pocket, wearing a jacket whose collar is lined with various-sized buttons. What is…

  • Digital Dreams

    Digital Dreams

    Democratising Journalism in the Age of Immediacy  Digitalisation anticipates the transition from analogue forms of media to digital platforms. In media and journalism, this process is most commonly realised through online iterations of print media; websites that serve as both an extension of its printed issues, and a place for exclusive online material. Although seldom…

  • Martin Sharp and the Gas Lash

    Martin Sharp and the Gas Lash

    Martin Sharp was one of Australia’s most iconic artists of the counterculture generation, known for his acerbic, satirical pieces that transgressed the limits of obscenity laws during the ‘60s. He was the joint founder of Oz Magazine, helping form a visual style emulated by many, and he would go on to repaint Luna Park’s iconic…

  • Tharunka’s Problem with Colour

    Tharunka’s Problem with Colour

    Although her hair’s turned silvery grey, Wendy Bacon’s beaming smile still sweetly creases her eyes. With age comes wisdom, and perhaps this is most palpable when she admits to Tharunka having a very western view on anti-colonial issues instead of defending or denying its existence like a handful of fragile Whites today. Bacon confessed, “even…