Western Mail (Western Australia)

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7 April 1927 edition, with the Countryman behind

The Western Mail, or Western Mail, was the name of two weekly newspapers published in Perth, Western Australia.

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Published 1885–1955

The 1897 Christmas Number The Western Mail - Christmas 1897 - Page 1.jpg
The 1897 Christmas Number

The first Western Mail was published on 19 December 1885 [1] by Charles Harper and John Winthrop Hackett, co-owners of The West Australian , the state's major daily paper. It was printed by James Gibney at the paper's office in St Georges Terrace.

In 1901, in the publication Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, a history of the early days of the West Australian and the Western Mail was published. [2]

In the 1920s The West Australian employed its first permanent photographer Fred Flood, many of whose photographs were featured in the Western Mail. [3]

In 1933 it celebrated its first use of photographs in 1897 in a West Australian article. [4]

The Western Mail featured early work from a large number of prominent West Australian authors and artists, including; Mary Durack, Elizabeth Durack, May Gibbs, Stan Cross and Amy Heap. [5] The Western Mail Annual editions (1897–1955) [6] carried significant collections of Western Australia art, photography and writing. [7]

The Western Mail was primarily created to provide farmers with up to date information. However, for many women in the most isolated areas of the state it represented their only social connections beyond their families. The women's and children's sections became popular and often attracted the most revenue for the paper. [8]

West Australian Newspapers management experimented with a variety of formats in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including the Weekend Mail for five years (see publication details below).

The newspaper was renamed to The Countryman on 27 January 1955. [9] [10]

However, the name Western Mail was recycled for a last Christmas Annual in 1956.

Published 1980–1988

In 1980 the name was resurrected for a new weekly, published by Western Mail Limited. The push for a new paper was made by Robert Holmes à Court and Bell Group following his failed takeover attempt of The Times (UK).

The venture was wound up in 1988. [11]

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1929 centenary of Western Australia cover

Publication details

1885–1955 (WA Newspapers)

The Western Mail. Perth, W.A: West Australian Newspapers

Days of issues
Special issues and supplements
Weekend Mail. Perth [W.A.]
West Australian Newspapers Ltd

1980–1988 (Western Mail Ltd)

The Western Mail, Perth, W.A : Western Mail Ltd., 1980–1988.

Editors

1944: Malcolm Uren

Note on sources

Most dates are derived from the entries in the State Library's reference catalogue:

Notes

  1. A New Weekly Journal Western Mail, 19 December 1885, at Trove. Initially, a Country Edition was published for despatch on Fridays and the Town Edition for sale on Saturdays
  2. Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia. Hesperian Press, Perth, W.A. (2000). ISBN   0-85905-269-9. Facsimile of original edition: (1901) Perth, W.A.: Thiel. pp. 168–174 "A history of the West Australian and the Western Mail newspapers, its premises and staff". The section includes photographs of J. W. Hackett, editor; J. W. E. Archdeacon, chief of staff; Charles Harper, MLA; J. S. Nanson, assistant editor; J. Gibbney, publisher; also a group photograph of journalists.
  3. ""The Port of Many Ships"". Western Mail. XLVIII (2, 445). Western Australia. 22 December 1932. p. 52 (The Western Mail Xmas). Retrieved 30 January 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "Western Mail – history of the newspaper" first published photographs on 23 July 1897. – first printed in – West Australian, 5 January 1933 (Centenary issue), p. 5, 21, then further printed in The Countryman (Perth, W.A.), 12 December 1985, p. 1
  5. Nile, Richard; Murphy, Ffion (1990). The Gate of Dreams: The “Western Mail” Annuals, 1897–1955. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press. pp. 19–24.
  6. 1949 as example The Western Mail annual, West Australian Newspapers, 1949, retrieved 12 May 2016
  7. Murphy, Ffion; Nile, Richard, 1958–; Murphy, Ffion, 1950–; Fremantle Arts Centre Press (1990), The Gate of dreams: the Western Mail annuals, 1897–1955, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, ISBN   978-0-949206-84-8 CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. Nile, Richard; Murphy, Ffion (1990). Ffion Murphy and Richard Nile, The Gate of Dreams: The “Western Mail” Annuals, 1897–1955. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press. pp. 14–18.
  9. A Change of Name The Western Mail, 20 January 1955, p. 3, at Trove
  10. 1955 was, until 1980, the end of the publication history - Grant, Don (1979) The Western Mail and other weeklies (1897–1955) pp. 288–295 in Bennett, Bruce (editor) The Literature of Western Australia, Nedlands, W.A: University of Western Australia Press for the Education Committee of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations, 1979. ISBN   0-85564-152-5, see also Cruthers, James, Sir,(1955) A brief history of the birth of the Weekend Mail "March 1955"
  11. "The Western Mail", Western Mail, 1980–1988, retrieved 30 June 2012
  12. The Christmas Number Western Mail, 24 December 1897, at Trove
  13. The Western Mail Centenary Number, 4 July 1929 at Trove
  14. Weekend Mail annual, West Australian Newspapers, 1900, retrieved 12 May 2016

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