Hall of Fame

William Lambie

1860 - 1900

Lambie, of the Melbourne Age, had the sad distinction of becoming the first Australian journalist to be killed while covering a war.

Having reported the 1885 Sudan war (where he was wounded), he was recognised as Australia's senior military correspondent at the Boer War.

On January 9 1900, Lambie and another correspondent – A. G. 'Smiler' Hales, representing the London Daily News  –  accompanied an Australian mounted patrol that was attacked by 40 Boers.

The pair attempted vainly to escape at a gallop; Lambie was shot dead; Hales wounded and captured.

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