The Inquirer & Commercial News

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The Inquirer & Commercial News
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Edmund Stirling, Robert John Sholl
Founded4 July 1855
Headquarters St Georges Terrace, Perth

The Inquirer & Commercial News was a newspaper published in Perth, Western Australia from 1855 to 1901. [1] [2]


In May 1847, Edmund Stirling acquired The Inquirer from Francis Lochée, who established the paper in August 1840 together with William Tanner. Tanner disposed of his interest in the paper in June 1843. In July 1855, The Inquirer merged with The Commercial News and Shipping Gazette, which was owned by Robert John Sholl, to form The Inquirer & Commercial News, in the joint ownership of Sholl and Stirling. Stirling's eldest son John joined the paper around 1863 and operated the paper with his father when Sholl left. In 1878, Stirling's three other sons Horace, Frederick and Baldwin joined the paper, trading as Stirling & Sons. When Stirling retired, his three sons took control of the paper as Stirling Bros. On 6 July 1886, it incorporated the Morning Herald. On 17 February 1893, the paper changed format and became the Inquirer and Commercial News Illustrated until 28 December 1894, when it reverted to The Inquirer & Commercial News. In the 1880s, the Daily News traced its history to the establishment of The Inquirer. [3] In July 1882, The Stirling brothers launched the Daily News and in June 1901, the paper was incorporated into the Daily News.

Publishing details

Its publication history is complex: [4]

The publisher varies:

Journal Dates: Vol. 15, no. 773, new series, no. 1 (4 July 1855)-v. 61, no. 3349 (28 June 1901) [5]

It was weekly on Wednesday until 21 March 1888; twice weekly on Wednesday and Friday from 23 March 1888 – 10 February 1892; twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday from 13 February 1893 – 11 February 1893; weekly on Friday from 17 February 1893.

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  1. "The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901)". Trove . National Library of Australia . Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  2. The Inquirer and Commercial News, Inquirer & Commercial News, 1855, retrieved 11 March 2014
  3. "The Inquirer and Commercial News". The Daily News . National Library of Australia. 2 June 1887. p. 3. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  4. The Inquirer and Commercial News, Inquirer and Commercial News, 1855, retrieved 11 March 2014 - the following details are taken from this trove link
  5. The numbering continues from: The Inquirer (Perth)  : a Western Australian journal of politics and literature.