This is a guest post by Alice Springs-based journalist Glenn Morrison written on the occasion of Lex Ballantyne’s funeral.
Alexander Lawrence (Lex) Ballantyne 30.12.1939 – 15.11.2015
One of the world’s last true newspapermen was buried this morning at Alice Springs Garden Cemetery, farewelled eloquently by his daughter.
I’d known Lex Ballantyne since starting as a reporter with the Centralian Advocate in 2001. Lex was a legendary figure in the newsroom and, in all, worked for the paper for some 19 years. Starting as a copy boy in Glasgow, Lex was a football player of some note as a lad, but chose journalism instead and became an old-school Fleet Street news man as an adult.READ MORE