Former Age editor Michael Gawenda has called on Fairfax executives to come clean on the fate of the invaluable company archives. Gawenda has also revealed that at the time he left the editorship in 2004, the archives still existed but were in an appalling state of neglect.

He believes there is "every chance" they did not make the journey from The Age’s recently abandoned building on the corner of Spencer and Lonsdale streets to the new Media House in Docklands.