Fremantle Herald

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Fremantle Herald
Fremantle Herald Front Page August 2013.jpg
The 17 August 2013 front page
Type newspaper
Owner(s) Andrew Smith
Founded 1989
Headquarters corner of Cliff and Croke Streets, Fremantle
Sister newspapers Melville City Herald, Cockburn City Herald and the Perth Voice

Fremantle Herald and similar names have been used for three different newspapers serving Fremantle, Western Australia: The Herald (1867–1886), Fremantle Herald (1913–1919) and a current publication, founded in 1989.


James Pearce founded the original Herald in February 1867, publishing weekly[1] It was pitched at a more working-class audience than its counterparts in Perth at the time, and featured verse, short stories and serials. Pearce was joined by two co-proprietors, William Beresford and James Elphinstone Roe, both of whom, like Pearce, were ex-convicts. The Herald supported social reform and opposed the convict system. Beresford wrote a weekly column, "Chips by a Sandalwood Cutter", which used a fictional character to challenge the morality of the social elite.

In 1989, local resident Andrew Smith launched a new Fremantle Herald from a weatherboard house, employing an editor and small team of journalists, production and advertising staff based at East Fremantle. In 1992 the operation was moved to the corner of Cliff and Croke Streets, Fremantle. It now also publishes three titles in other parts of the Perth Metropolitan Area: the Melville City Herald, the Cockburn City Herald, and the Perth Voice, all of which are letterbox-distributed weeklies. A two-year trial of a paid-for version of the Fremantle Herald failed to gain support from readers and was abandoned in 2005.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Herald". The Herald (Fremantle, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 2 February 1867. p. 1. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  • Wilde, W. H.; Hooton, Joy and Andrews, Barry (1994) [1985]. The Oxford companion to Australian Literature (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. p. 302. ISBN 0-19-553381-X. 
  • Official website
  • Herald Newspapers at Perth Suburban Newspapers