Hugh Buggy

Hugh Buggy
Hugh Buggy

(1896-1974)

Buggy was a reporter’s reporter.

He covered the Melbourne police strike (1923), the fatal shoot-out between “Squizzy” Taylor and “Snowy” Cutmore (1927) and Kingsford-Smith’s arrival in Brisbane after the first trans-Pacific flight (1928).

When police fired on coal-miners at Rothbury, Buggy used his singlet to apply a tourniquet to a wounded miner’s thigh.

After an interloper upstaged the NSW premier by slashing a ribbon at the opening of the Harbour Bridge, Buggy interviewed him exclusively.

He reported more than 200 murder investigations, 83 murder trials, and nine hangings.

A respected cricket and football writer, he was credited with inventing the term “bodyline”.

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