Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Meme for Melburnians

The following report appeared in The Argus on Monday, January 5, 1891:

SUPPOSED INFANTICIDE

The dead body of a male child, apparently about 4 weeks old was discovered on Saturday in St George's Road Toorak by a man named Cameron. The body when found was wrapped in a piece of sacking, covered with a piece of black cashmere. It was taken to the Morgue by Constable Umbers and, when examined, it was found that the skull had been fractured and that there were bruises on the back and arms. An inquest will be held in due course.

I got to thinking today about how one of our current newspapers would report this event. How would it look on the front page of The Hun or The Age? What would the op-edsters have to say about it? Over to you.

Oh, alright, you don't have to be a Melburnian to pitch in. I'm sure someone at our national "Organ of Record" would have something to say on this item too.

Start hitting those buttons, people.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be a bit challenging for today's tabloids, I fear. Would they lead with "Toorak Baby Murdered', or "Baby Murdered in Toorak"?

cs

David Heidelberg said...

Andrew Bolt -

"Progressive judicial failings claim another life."

Anonymous said...

The prime minister declined to comment, not having been advised by his office that there were any newspapers published today.

cs