Melvin was one of the boldest, most enterprising reporters of his time.
At the siege of a hotel in Glenrowan in 1880, he helped move the wounded Ned Kelly indoors, then interviewed him, scooping other newspapers with his telegraphed report to The Argus.
In 1885 he posed as a troopship steward to reach the Sudan war, where he received accreditation and remained with Australia's infantry contingent throughout the campaign.
He later investigated the recruiting of Pacific Islanders for the Queensland cane-fields, and in 1893 covered the great shearers' strike.
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