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Source : Daily Herald, 7 March 1910, p. 1
Date of creation : 1910
Format : Newspaper
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South Australia's Daily Herald was ground-breaking. The South Australian branch of the Labor Party, like its counterparts in the other states, had for some years hoped to have the resources to produce a daily newspaper - as the national body tried to do for many years. In 1910, with an election looming, it was decided to take a risk and turn the Weekly Herald into the Daily Herald. This was the first metropolitan daily Labor newspaper in Australia, just two years after Broken Hill's Barrier Truth became Australia's first Labor daily. In its initial years the newspaper reached a circulation of almost 20,000.

At the time there were two other two morning daily newspapers in Adelaide - the Register and the Advertiser. The Register was very much the conservative newspaper, while the Advertiser was only a degree less conservative. The Daily Herald took a genuinely socialist stance, entering fully into the fray during such industrial issues as the drivers' strike and a strike of contractors asphalting Rundle Street. Both drew much popular attention in the years immediately before the First World War. During the War the Herald printed many obituaries of soldiers killed in action. It was noted that at the beginning of the War, the Herald obtained cable news of events ahead of the bigger newspapers, issuing 'War Specials' (special editions) in the early afternoons. (Plain dealer, 8 August 1914, p. 2) The newspaper also contained extensive sports reporting.

William Wedd, a Labor 'stalwart' (and editor of the Chronicle) was appointed first editor, with the former editor of the Weekly Herald, Geoffrey Burgoyne, as associate editor. (In fact, Wedd's poor health meant Burgoyne did most of the work of editor for the first year.) Fred Whitehead of the Advertiser joined the staff, which included Jim Chamberlain and Harry Kneebone. Job printing for the trade unions helped the Herald to make ends meet. It would seem that competition from the News eventually helped cause the closure of the Herald.
Related names :

Burgoyne, Geoffrey

Chamberlain, James

Kneebone, Harry, 1876-1933

Wedd, William

Whitehead, Fred

Advertiser (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Australian Labor Party. South Australian Branch

Register (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Weeky herald (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1910
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Burgoyne, Geoffrey. 'Ink and Adelaide: the Weekly herald', Bulletin, 27 October 1954, pp. 25-27; 3 November 1954, pp. 25-27

Labor's thirty year's record in South Australia: a short history of the Labor movement in South Australia, including biographical sketches of leading members 1893-1923 , Adelaide, S. Aust.: Daily Herald, 1923

Marquis, Len. South Australian newspapers: a selection of material from the extensive research notes gathered for a proposed history of the press in South Australia by Leonard Stanley Marquis/ prepared by Ronald Parsons, Lobethal, S. Aust.: Ronald Parsons, 1998



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