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Tuesday 4 April 2023

Richard Wigram Austin (1919–2000), senior intelligence officer and company executive, written by Robert Porter 

John Hobson Hooke (1917–2000), aviator, farmer, local government leader, and harbour commissioner, written by Michael Molkentin

James Robert McClelland (1915–1999), politician, judge, and columnist, written by Stephen Wilks

James Murray Gosper (1903–1997), engineer, administrator, and volunteer committee member, written by Tim Robinson

Kenneth Leo Brodziak (1913–1999), theatrical entrepreneur, written by Frank Van Straten

Lisa Marie Bellear (1961–2006), Indigenous activist, photographer, and radio broadcaster, written by Kim Kruger

Herbert Cole Coombs (1906–1997), economist and public servant, written by Tim Rowse