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.

Published 1885-1955[edit]

The 1897 Christmas Number

The first Western Mail was published between 19 December 1885[1] and 23 October 1896 as a joint venture by Charles Harper and John Winthrop Hackett, the co-owners of The West Australian, the State's major daily paper. It was printed by James Gibbney at the paper's office in St Georges Terrace, Perth.[2]

Considerable numbers of regional and local newspapers in Western Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included the word 'Mail' in their names

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 were published [3]

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

The Western Mail Annual editions (1897–1955) [5] carried significant collections of Western Australia art, photography and writing [6]

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.[7][8]

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

Published 1980-1988[edit]

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.[9]

1929 WA Centenary cover

Publication details[edit]

1885-1955 (WA Newspapers)[edit]

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

  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (19 December 1885) – Vol. 70, no. 3403 (20 January 1955)
Days of issues
  • Weekly on Thursday 3 July 1919 – 20 January 1955.
  • Weekly on Friday 27 September 1912 – 27 June 1919.
  • Weekly on Saturday 16 September 1899 – 21 September 1912.
  • Weekly on Friday 21 June 1895 – 8 September 1899.
  • Weekly on Saturday 19 December. 1885 – 15 June 1895.
Special Issues and supplements
  • Annual Christmas edition – 1897[10]–1956
  • State Centenary Number of the Western Mail, 4 July 1929[11] (including a colour reproduction of the painting 'The Founding of Perth' by G. Pitt Morison, and a historical calendar of the state)
  • Centenary of the West Australian 1933
  • Countryman's Magazine (Vol. 1, no. 1 (18 August 1949) – Vol. 2, No. 8 (9 April 1951)
  • Women's Magazine (21 March 1946 – 23 October 1947)
Weekend Mail. Perth [W.A.] 
West Australian Newspapers Ltd.
  • Known as Weekend Mail – TV from 5 September 1959 to 1960.
  • Vol. 1, No. 1 (22 January 1955)-v. 6, No. 290 (30 July 1960).
  • Weekly on Saturday.
  • Annual supplement: Weekend Mail Annual (1955–1960)[12]

1980-1988 (Western Mail Ltd)[edit]

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

  • Vol. 1, No. 1 (8 November 1980) – No. 374 (31 December – 3 January 1988).
  • Weekly on Saturday.

Editors[edit]

1944: Malcolm Uren

Note on sources[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Trove Digitised Newspapers, at Trove
  3. ^ Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia(2000)Perth, W.A.: Hesperian Press 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.
  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 – Countryman (Perth, W.A.), 12 December 1985, p. 1
  5. ^ 1949 as example The Western Mail annual, West Australian Newspapers, 1949, retrieved 12 May 2016 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ A Change of Name The Western Mail, 20 January 1955, p. 3, at Trove
  8. ^ 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"
  9. ^ The Western Mail, Western Mail, 1980–1988, retrieved 30 June 2012 
  10. ^ The Christmas Number Western Mail, 24 December 1897, at Trove
  11. ^ The Western Mail Centenary Number, 4 July 1929 at Trove
  12. ^ Weekend Mail annual, West Australian Newspapers, 1900, retrieved 12 May 2016