Select chronology of significant Australian press events to 2011

Compiled by Rod Kirkpatrick for the Australian Newspaper History Group (3rd edition, 2012)

This chronology of significant Australian press events has been divided into the following periods:

1802-1850

1851-1900

1901-1950

1951-2011

Acknowledgements

Among the useful references used for the nineteenth century dates are: R.B. Walker, The Newspaper Press in New South Wales, 1803-1920. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1976; Isadore Brodsky, The Sydney Press Gang. Sydney: Old Sydney Free Press, 1974 (see “Significant Chronology”, covering 1788-1974, pp.16-17); Gavin Souter, Company of Heralds, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981 (see “Chronology”, pp. 591-603).

The information for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries was compiled by Rod Kirkpatrick for the Australian Newspaper History Group, using various sources, including Gavin Souter’s Company of   Heralds, 1981; Paul Chadwick’s Media Mates: Carving up Australia’s Media, 1989, (espec. the “Chronology” from pp.xix-xlvii); Henry Mayer’s The Press in Australia, 1964; and Bridget Griffen-Foley’s books on the Packers, R.B. Walker’s books on the NSW press, Rod Kirkpatrick’s books on the NSW provincial press (Country Conscience) and Queensland provincial press (Sworn to No Master) and his research notes, and a wide range of other sources to a lesser extent. ANHG = Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter.

Last updated: 25/1/12