Victor Courtney

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Victor Desmond Courtney
Born 27 May 1894
Raymond Terrace, New South Wales
Died 1 December 1970
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Occupation Journalist, author, and newspaper proprietor.
Spouse(s) Thela Pearl Richards (m. 1937) (d.1962)
Children 1 (Veecee)
Parent(s) Henry Courtney
Katie Courtney (née O'Connor)

Victor Desmond Courtney (27 May 1894 – 1 December 1970) was a Western Australian journalist and newspaper editor. From small beginnings in a partnership (with Jack Simons) in a weekly sporting newspaper, The Call, through to a Saturday-evening paper, The Mirror, Courtney ended up as the managing director of The Sunday Times and owner of a network of thirty regional newspapers.


  • (1941) Random Rhymes, Perth, the author.
  • (1941) The man from Marble Bar [poem].First line: Satan sat by the fires of hell. in Random rhymes, 1941, p. 16

reprinted in Grono, William (ed) (1988) Margins : a West Coast selection of poetry, 1829-1988Fremantle, W.A. Fremantle Arts Centre Press. ISBN 0-949206-37-7. page 200.

  • (1946) Parlez vous [poem]. (first line) 'The reelers are at dinner tonight'.
  • (1948) Cold is the Marble, Melbourne : Jindyworobak.
  • (1956) All I May Tell, Sydney : Shakespeare Head Press.
  • The Life Story of J. J. Simons, 1961.
  • Perth—and All This!, 1962.

Further reading[edit]

  • Davidson, Ron, (1994) High jinks at the hot pool : Mirror reflects the life of a city Fremantle, W.A. Fremantle Arts Centre Press. ISBN 1-86368-090-X (pbk.) former title was The Mirror.

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