Lot’s Wife is born

Lot’s Wife is born

1964

New student newspaper hot off the press

The new editors of Lot's Wife were Tony Schauble, John Blakeley and Damien Broderick. Broderick suggested the name - an allusion to the biblical figure who looked back to the doomed city of Sodom and was turned to a pillar of salt - as a warning to students not to entertain nostalgia for the past: ‘Don’t let this happen to you, or to Monash’.

From 1965 to 1966, Lot’s Wife was edited by Pete Steedman and Phillip Frazer, who took the publication in new and rebellious directions, publishing pieces on the Vietnam War, the University of Tasmania’s Orr case, Aboriginal justice issues and apartheid; ASIO spies were rumoured to loiter near the Lot’s office. The paper provided a start for many future noteworthies, including Elijah Moshinsky (international theatre director), Peter Conrad (Oxford literary critic) and the first cartoons of Monash arts student Michael Leunig.

Oz magazine’s Richard Neville described Lot’s under Steedman and Frazer as ‘the most original and exciting newspaper he had ever seen’.