I've just started reading a book about G.E. Morrison who, at the age of 20 and as a correspondent for The Age, was about to embark on an expedition to expose 'blackbirding' (the slave trade) in Queensland. He wrote to his mother in 1882:
Only as a newspaper correspondent can I expect to distinguish myself above the common herd ... It is the noblest, in my opinion, of all the professions and as energy, courage, temperance and truthfulness are necessary to its success, to this fact must be ascribed the high positions occupied by journalists all over the world ... I go to Queensland to commence the apprenticeship of a profession in which I earnestly hope some day to make my mark.
the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 8/11/2005 01:50:00 am || ||