Leader Community Newspapers

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The Leader Community Newspaper group publishes 33 titles covering metropolitan Melbourne.

It has a circulation of 1.94 million readers per week. It is the largest single market network of community newspapers in Australia.[1]


In the early 1850s George Mott arrived in Australia and began work as a journalist with the Melbourne Argus.

In 1854 he started publishing newspapers in the Victorian goldfields near Beechworth and Chiltern. George Mott's two sons commenced publishing newspapers in Albury and one brother's branch of the family until recently (2005) published The Border Mail in that town.

The other brother, Decimus Mott, left the Murray area in 1924 and, with his sons, took over the established Northcote and Preston Leader (first published in 1888). From this paper, the Leader Community Newspaper group grew into its present stable of 33 separate mastheads.

In 1986 the group was sold to The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. With the acquisition of The Herald and Weekly Times by News Corporation later that same year, the Leader Newspaper group became a part of News Limited Community Newspapers with a total of 95 publications throughout Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Tasmania.


Inner Melbourne[edit]

  • Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
  • Melbourne Leader
  • Moreland Leader
  • Northcote Leader
  • Port Phillip Leader
  • Progress Leader
  • Stonnington Leader
  • Moonee Valley Leader (formerly the Essendon Gazette[2])

Northern Melbourne[edit]

  • Diamond Valley Leader
  • Heidelberg Leader
  • Hume Leader
  • Preston Leader
  • Whittlesea Leader

Southern Melbourne[edit]

  • Bayside Leader
  • Cranbourne Leader
  • Frankston Standard
  • Hastings Leader
  • Moorabbin Leader
  • Mordialloc Chelsea Leader
  • Mornington Peninsula Leader
  • Springvale Dandenong Leader

Eastern Melbourne[edit]

  • Berwick Leader
  • Free Press Leader Dandenongs
  • Knox Leader
  • Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader
  • Manningham Leader
  • Maroondah Leader
  • Pakenham Leader
  • Waverley Leader
  • Whitehorse Leader

Western Melbourne[edit]

  • Brimbank Leader
  • Hobsons Bay Leader
  • Maribyrnong Leader
  • Melton Moorabool Leader
  • Sunbury Macedon Ranges Leader
  • Wyndham Leader

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.community.newsmedianet.com.au/home/groups/group/demographics.jsp?groupid=2
  2. ^ "Melbourne's Leader re-brands" (PDF). Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter (University of Queensland) (13): 6. July 2001. ISSN 1443-4962. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

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