Remembering the Russell Street bombing with Shirley Hardy-Rix: Podcast

Shirley Hardy-Rix

On A Newsman and his Music this week, Colin Tyrus spoke to his former 3AW News colleague Shirley Hardy-Rix about a dark day in our history.

In this podcast, Shirley recalls the moment when a car bomb exploded outside Russell Street police headquarters 33 years ago and how she and other journalists covered the day that terrorism came to Melbourne.

Some listeners might find parts of this recording distressing. Recommended for people over 15.


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  • Great interview Shirl. Just one thing though. It was the morning newspaper journos who weren’t working that day. The Herald (when it was Melbourne’s afternoon broadsheet) was there though, in the police rounds office just 40 metres away. I was Chief Police Reporter then with a couple of junior staff and our driver and we copped the massive force of the blast where windows were blown in, light fittings crashed to the floor, the dust and smoke. I remember it like it was yesterday. The Herald published four editions a day and the second edition was just rolling off the presses when I had to ring and for the first time ever said to my chief of staff: Stop the presses, there’s been an explosion, we’ll get copy to you as soon as we can. And we didn’t stop filing stories until around 6pm. Anyway, just wanted to clarify that there was one newspaper on the spot on that awful day.

  • just wanted to clarify that there was one newspaper on the spot on that awful day.

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