First issue of Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser; publisher George Howe (considered the father of Australian press).
Summary of Changes to Newspapers in Australia
Newspapers went from government gazettes to privately owned companies
over time newspaper ownership merged
newspapers went from weekly to daily
newspapers went from print on paper to online
the major newspapers currently in Australia are the Australian, the age the, West Australian, the daily telegraph, Canberra times, courier mail, herald sun, Brisbane times, Sydney Morning herald.
lack of paper hinders publication
Sydney Gazette suspends publication; resumes 15 May 1809 (lack of paper; no Gazette during Rum Rebellion on 26/1/1808 which overthrew Governor Bligh)
First issue of Derwent Star and Van Diemen’s Land Intelligencer; 12 issues; probably ceased 11 June 1810.
a history maker
Death of father of Australian press, George Howe, at 51.
the Australian created
First issue of the Australian; published without prior restraint, and, immediately, at Robert Howe’s request, censorship of the Gazette ceases.
Hobarts time to shine
First issue of Colonial Advocate and Tasmanian Monthly Review, a magazine published by Andrew Bent to avoid the necessity for a newspaper licence. No 8, October 1828 was final issue.
First issue of Fremantle Journal and General Advertiser (manuscript; short-lived)
First issue of Perth Gazette, forerunner of today’s West Australian.
the very first issue of the Western Australian.
First issue of Adelaide Guardian
first issue of Adelaide guardian
a great paper
Sydney Herald becomes Sydney Morning Herald.
a dying paper
Australia’s first newspaper, the Sydney Gazette, ceases (after publication had been suspended for a few weeks in July).
first issue of diggers and Bendigo advetiser
First issue of Diggers Advocate (printed in Melbourne), first goldfields newspaper in Victoria.First issue of Bendigo Advertiser.
age and hobarton
First issue of Hobarton Mercury, a bi-weekly First issue of the Age; daily.
First issue of the Age; daily.
The Argus, The Age, The Empire and Sydney Morning Herald all reduce their prices down to three dollars
West Australian becomes a daily.
Murdoch leading melbourne
Murdoch leads Melbourne syndicate to buy Perth West Australian and issues shares to locals to appease concern about interstate control.
color in newspaper
First use of colour news photography in Argus, Melbourne. Claimed to be first time that a newspaper anywhere in the world had produced an action news photograph in colour within hours of the event.
John Fairfax sells its interest in Woman’s Day and Home to The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd.
a tragic death
Death of Sir Keith Murdoch, managing director of the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd and father of Rupert Murdoch.
a new owner
John Pringle appointed editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Rupert Murdoch flies home to take up his small newspaper inheritance.
First issue of Sunday Advertiser, Adelaide.
a big move
John Fairfax and Sons moves (from Hunter Street) into new buildings at Broadway, Sydney.
Broadcasting Services Act 1992
Limits media ownership laws in Australia
online news commences
The Australian announces (p.3) it has revamped its website, theaustralian.com.au, offering summaries of each day’s news along with insights into what editor Michael Stutchbury and the reporters are working on for the next day’s edition.
Entire edition of the Australian is available to download online.
First issue of National Indigenous Times, established by Owen Carriage, founder 11 years ago of the Koori Mail (see ANHG, 17.2 and 17.63.5).
First Australian edition of British Financial Times printed in Sydney.
Fairfax Media launches Perth’s first online-only news publication: WAtoday.com.au/.
i [ad changes news format
Apple’s iPad goes on sale in Australia, and the Australian becomes the first newspaper in Australia to launch an iPad digital edition
important papers to Western Australia
First issue of the Weekend West, the revamped and newly titled weekend edition of the West Australian, Perth.
merging two major newspapers
Sunday Times and West Australian merger
even more papers
First issue of Sydney Daily Telegraph, which later became simply the Daily Telegraph First issue of Sydney Daily Telegraph, which later became simply the Daily Telegraph.