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Edward Hugh Buggy (1896–1974)

Hugh Buggy, n.d.

Hugh Buggy, n.d.

One of Australia's best-known journalists and crime reporters, Mr Hugh Buggy, died today at his home in North Carlton.

Despite his advanced age – he was 75 – he was actively writing as recently as last Friday.

In his 62 years as a journalist, Mr Buggy covered the abdication of King Edward VIII, interviewed Hitler at a press conference and acted as chief censor at the headquarters of General Macarthur during the Second World War.

He was the journalist who coined the word "bodyline" when English test captain Douglas Jardine brought out his speed bowlers to deal with Bradman.

He wrote on cricket and the theatre but his specialty was violent crime.

Mr Buggy covered more than 200 murder trials and attended nine hangings.

His crime reporting drew him commendations from a former NSW Police Commissioner, Mr W. J. Mackay, and from NSW coroners.

He was invited to join the NSW Police Force and become a detective following his theories on two mystery murders which resulted in successful police investigations.

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9 June, 1896
Seymour, Victoria, Australia


18 June, 1974 (aged 78)
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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