Gallery of Lifetime Achievers

2012
Dulcie Boling 

Dulcie Boling won the 2012 Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

In a career that began with a cadetship at the Melbourne Herald and continued through the decades in newspapers and magazines into its latest incarnation as television network board member, Dulcie Boling has made an outstanding contribution to our industry.

In 1978, after only three years with Southdown Press, Dulcie Boling did what few of us would have had the vision, tenacity, style and guts to do: she took a moribund 75-year-old magazine and began its transformation into the biggest-selling weekly, per capita, in the world.

From a little magazine featuring crafts and fiction, Dulcie turned New Idea into a must-read. 

New Idea’s circulation grew from around 400,000 to more than a million by the late 1980s and held those figures until 1993 when Dulcie moved on to bigger things. When Australia’s population was 17 million, New Idea’s readership was three million. 

In 1991 she was a founding director of Pacific Magazines & Printing Limited and in 1993 accepted an offer to represent News Limited on the Seven Network Limited Board. The magazines lost a powerhouse editor and executive, but Seven and many other boards and charities gained an invaluable asset.

Dulcie’s long and successful working life in the media has been a series of firsts and she has managed it all while maintaining a full and interesting private life in a family that loves, respects and admires her.

Watch the Lifetime Achievement Award announcement at the 2012 Quills:

2011
John Hamilton

John Hamilton of the Herald Sun won the 2011 Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award for a 50-year career at the West Australian, The Age and the Herald & Weekly Times. In the 1960s, he won Walkleys for his coverage of the Tasmanian bushfires and the disappearance of Harold Holt. He was a Washington correspondent in the 1970s and then became a special writer as well as a war historian and author. He retired in 2011, having seen off 31 editors and editors-in-chief.

Watch John Hamilton's Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute video and his acceptance speech.

2010
Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wilkinson of the Herald Sun won the Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award for a 40-year career that has included outstanding crime reporting, analysis of Victoria’s justice system and for being a key player in establishing the Crimestoppers program in Victoria while he was Victoria Police’s first media director.

Watch John Silvester's speech announcing Geoff Wilkinson as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Watch Geoff Wilkinson's acceptance speech and the Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute.

2009
Bruce Petty

Bruce Petty's cartoons have been described as “doodle-bombs” .... as the victory dance of a fly escaped from the ink pot. As journalist Martin Flanagan once observed, Bruce Petty “re-invented the world as a vast scribbly machine with interlocking cogs and levers that connected people in wholly logical but unlikely ways.”

For the best part of half a century, not only has Bruce’s pen irreverently depicted society and politics, he’s also helped to define Australian political life.

Watch Bruce Petty's acceptance speech and the Press Club's tribute to his career

2008
Geoff Hook and William Ellis Green (WEG)

In 1946 William Ellis Green – affectionately known as WEG – drew his first cartoon for The Melbourne Herald. And in 2002 Geoff Hook screwed the lid back onto his ink bottle and retired from editorial cartooning.

In those years – between 1946 and 2002 – Victorians had been treated to 56 years of the best examples of our craft by two of our finest and best-loved cartoonists.

Read an appreciation of WEG and Hook by George Haddon, based on his speech at the 2008 Quills.

2007
Michelle Grattan and Laurie Oakes

Michelle Grattan has explained the intricacies and twists and turns in Australia’s political and economic fortunes for almost 40 years. Laurie Oakes announced the details of a federal Budget before the Federal Government did thanks to a leak and has broken the biggest political news stories for 40 years.

Read Bill Birnbauer's profiles of Michelle Grattan and Laurie Oakes.

2006
Bruce Postle and John Lamb

Two of the best photographers in Australia: Bruce Postle was an artist; John Lamb a gunslinger, fast, cunning and cool. They revolutionised the way newspapers use photos.

Read Michael Smith's profile of Bruce Postle and John Lamb.

2005
John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, a former editor of The Herald, never lost his zeal for journalism or his enthusiasm for the craft. Until just months before he died in 2007, “Fitzie” would email newspaper executives chiding them for using clichéd words.

Read John Trevorrow's profile of John Fitzgerald.

2004
Les Carlyon

Words are the only thing readers judge journalists by says Les Carlyon, one of the finest wordsmiths around.

Read Andrew Rule's profile of Les Carlyon.

2003
Claude Forell

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Claude Forell distinguished himself in many fields of journalism, from reporting violent student riots in Paris, to persecuting politicians to reviewing restaurants.

Read Peter Cole-Adams' profile of Claude Forell.

2002
Harry Gordon

Crusading editor, war correspondent, author and Olympic Games writer and historian, Harry Gordon won acclaim wherever he turned his writing.

Read Ken Davis' profile of Harry Gordon.

2001
John Sorell

Aggressive, quick and with an instinctive understanding of what readers and viewers want, John Sorell changed the face of newspapers and television in Australia.

Read Ken Davis' profile of John Sorell.

2000
Peter Game

Peter Game is the journalist who cracked one of the biggest political scoops of all time - revelations that led to the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in tumultuous circumstances in 1975.

Read John Trevorrow's profile of Peter Game.

1999
Les Tanner

One of the greats of Australian cartooning and whimsical observation, Les Tanner influenced many of today’s newspaper artists.

Read Corrie Perkin's profile of Les Tanner.

1998
Peter McFarline

“Do you remember when bloody McFarline…’’ Sportsmen, reporters and the occasional barman love remembering Peter McFarline’s larger-than-life antics.

Read Neil Mitchell's profile of Peter McFarline.

1995
Keith Dunstan

An endearing and modest man, Keith Dunstan is Victoria’s best-known and longest-serving newspaper columnist.

Read Lawrence Money's profile of Keith Dunstan.