Being odd scraps of knowledge, snippets and slogans , half absorbed pieces of information , updates , clarifications.Queensland Holocaust Base
Historian Inga Clendinnen stated that much of her 1998 book Reading the Holocaust had been written on a small island off the coast of North Queensland , remote from metropolitan libraries . That place is Magnetic Island which turns up a surprising number of interesting books and pieces of ephemera , including volumes which appear to have once belonged to her, a copy of Holocaust, for instance. One wonders if a small volume about concentration camps and another about the Berlin Wall also came from the same source .Who else would have an interest in such things on the island ?
Bowditch / Murdoch
Many incorrect statements were made after the death of Northern Territory crusading editor Jim Bowditch whose serialised biography appeared in this blog. One commentator who had a close relationship with Big Jim made particularly incorrect statements specifically saying that Rupert Murdoch had sacked him and that had broken Jim's heart, causing him to die soon after . Wrong on all counts . Bowditch was kept on by Murdoch as a special correspondent and lived in a News house until destroyed by Cyclone Tracy and time and continued working for years , in television as well . Journalist Kim Lockwood, if I remember correctly , noted something like 11 incorrect statements about Bowditch .
Bowditch , right , with former NT News photographer, at that stage one armed Joe Karlhuber , at the Darwin University launch of Jim's book Whispers from the North.Photo by Barry Ledwidge .