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Abbott, Edith Sarah (1878-). Journalist with the South Eastern Star and also contributed to the Naracoorte Herald. Later worked for Adelaide trade journals, and edited the Register social column until 1928. In 1933 she was working in Melbourne for the Capitol Theatre. In the 1940s she was the editor of the Melbourne Housewives' Association monthly magazine. (Naracoorte Herald, 17 October 1933, p. 2; Naracoorte Herald, 26 January 1948, p. 5.)

Abraham, Matt. Cadetship at the Advertiser, then political reporter, feature writer. Worked as Canberra political correspondent, then morning show host on ABC 891 radio with David Bevan.

Acott, Vernon. Journalist at the Advertiser prior to enlisting in the Army in 1941. Editorial staff of the troop newspaper, About Ship 1941.

Adams, Noel. Trained at Hobart Mercury, then employed at the Melbourne Argus. Two years at the Buenos Aires Standard. Returned to Australia and came to work at the Advertiser in 1933 as a special reporter. War correspondent in New Guinea and Borneo. After the war was loaned to the Duke of Gloucester (Australian Governor-General) as press relations officer in 1946. Travelled as one of two Australian reporters with the British Royal Family on the Vanguard in 1949. (Advertiser, 16 September 1948, p. 2.)

Adey, John Archibald (1876-1913). Journalist. Began as jnior reporter at the Advertiser. Then editor of Port Adelaide News and in 1894 editor of the Weekly Herald. Moved to Western Australia 1895 and worked at the Kalgoorlie Miner before returning to Adelaide as editor of the Weekly Herald. Worked in Melbourne and New Zealand, then returned to the Advertiser. In 1906 left for Perth and worked for the West Australian becoming its London correspondent. (Advertiser, 23 August 1913, p. 20.)

Afford, Max (1906-1954). Reporter and feature writer with the News 1929-1934. Began writing radio plays, and became production manager and playwright at 5DN. Moved to Sydney 1936 and worked for the ABC. Married designer Thelma Thomas.

Agars, Graeme. Cadet at Advertiser, then a general reporter. Left to report on the international tennis circuit. Son of Merv Agars.

Agars, Merv (d. 2017). Journalist and footballer. Sports editor at the Advertiser. Followed Arch Grosvenor as bowls writer.

Agars, Tony. Cadetship at the Advertiser, then news editor at NWS9. Son of Merv Agars.

Aird, Edith (1871-1950). Journalist and playwright. Commenced her journalistic work at the Critic, also writing for the Australasian and the Bulletin. Spent 15 years as social editress at the Advertiser. She wrote for 15 years as the social columnist 'Lady Kitty'. Wrote a number of comic plays, the most successful being Juanita, which included music by Tom King and Jack Fewster. (Advertiser, 26 June 1950, p. 4.)

Akehurst, William More (died 1878). Journalist, playwright. Arrived from Tasmania 1840. Journalist at the Adelaide Times, major contributor to the Monthly Almanac and Illustrated Commentator. Licensee of the Robin Hood Hotel Kensington and the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. To Melbourne in the 1860s and worked as journalist and sub-editor at the Herald and journalist at the Argus. Also wrote popular burlesque productions including The Siege of Troy and Robinson Crusoe. Returned to the UK about 1871. Died at sea on route from London to Sydney. (Register, 20 August 1878, p. 6.)

Akerman, Piers (1950-). Journalist, foreign correspondent, editor. Began work at the West Australian then worked at newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney. Briefly foreign correspondent for the Australian in 1983, then US correspondent for the London Times. Editor of the Advertiser 1988-1989. Then to the Herald Sun, Melbourne.

Allen, George Massey (c. 1828-1886). Journalist. Journalist at the Advertiserfrom 1858, in 1860 founded South Australia's first major country newspaper, the Northern Star at Kapunda. After some controversy the newspaper closed. Moving back to Adelaide Allen founded the South Australian Satirist in 1867. This ceased in 1868 when he was sent to jail after being found guilty of libel over comments printed about the Italian Opera Company in his earlier newspaper. In response to a public petition he was granted an early release by the Governor. In 1869 Allen produced Allen's Spectator, of which no copies appear to have survived.

Allen, James (1806-1886). Baptist minister and newspaper publisher. Reporter for the Morning Post, London, and associated there with writers including Charles Dickens. Arrived in South Australia in 1839, and was editor of the Southern Australian for a period. Became owner of the South Australian Register from 1842 to 1845. Publisher and first editor of the South Australian Magazine 1841, and also the Adelaide News Letter, a statistical summary of South Australia for distribution in England. Published the Southern Star in 1842 as an off-shoot of the Register. Returned to England in 1845. Back in Adelaide in 1848 he founded the Adelaide Times, initially with William Barlow Gilbert and John Brown, then the Weekly Dispatch as a Saturday edition of the Times. Both closed when he was declared bankrupt in August 1858. The Adelaide Railway Times: mining record and weekly political register was another (short-lived) publication of his, in 1849. Worked for a time at the Advertiser. Later editor of the Melbourne Herald, and newspapers in Tasmania and New Zealand. Wrote History of Australia. At his death in Melbourne in 1886 was described as 'the oldest journalist in Australia.' (Register, 22 March 1886, p. 4.)

Allen, James junior. For a short time in 1857 ran his father's newspaper, Adelaide Times and its associated Weekly Dispatch before they were closed through James Allen senior's bankruptcy. He had previously been associate editor and reporter for the newspapers. (Register, 4 August 1858, p. 3.)

Allison, James. Withdrew from the Lantern proprietorship in 1882. (Wallaroo Times, 21 January 1882, p. 2.)

Althorp, Albert Arthur (1893-1955). Journalist at the News, then a Hansard writer from 1933 to 1953.

Anderson, Allan. Journalist at the Advertiser in the 1940s.

Anderson, Jean Mildred Caldwell (nee Paris). Assisted her uncle Dugald Caldwell in running the Naracoorte Herald in the 1930s to 1940s. (Naracoorte Herald, 5 January 1948, p. 7.)

Anderson, Jock. Worked at the Register in the 1890s, and then moved to Western Australia.

Anderson, Lainie. Journalist. Columnist at the Sunday Mail, previously worked with the Herald Sun (Melbourne) and the London Times.

Anderson, Malcolm. Journalist at the News 1930s.

Andrews, Edward William (1812-1877). Merchant, journalist, newspaper owner. Born in London, son of a clergyman and a childhood friend of the famous British art critic John Ruskin. His sister was the first wife of the English poet Coventry Patmore. Andrews came to Adelaide in 1839, contributing writing to the South Australian until its closure in 1851, then joined the reporting staff of the South Australian Register. He became part owner of the Register in 1853, and editor from November 1864. In 1869 the company purchased the Evening Journal as the afternoon subsidiary of the Register. Co-editor of the South Australian Oddfellows' Magazine 1843-1846, and from 1858 editor and publisher of Farm and Garden. (Australian Dictionary of Biography vol. 3; Sowden manuscript PRG 41, pp. 137-142)

Angel, AJ and RE. Owners of the Burra Record when it was sold to the Review Times in 1977.

Angel, Alfred Henry (1870-1954). Journalist. Reporter at the Advertiser in 1886, 1890 joined the Register, became a Hansard reporter 1891. Head of the Advertiser literary staff in 1901. Moved to Melbourne Argus. Retired 1937. Son of ATH Angel, compositor at the Advertiser. (Advertiser, 20 April 1954, p. 3.)

Angel, Alfred Thomas Howell (1845-1921). Compositor and newspaper owner. Joined the Advertiser in 1867 as a compositor, and retired in 1919. In 1878 purchased the Gawler Standard in partnership with James Richards, but after short period returned to the Advertiser. Father of Alfred Henry Angel.

Anthoney, Rex. Journalist at the Adelaide edition of the Truth 1946.

Anthony, Tom Charles Shepperd (died 1909). Printer, controversial co-founder and editor of the Port Pirie Gazette, which he edited between 1876 and 1884, initially in partnership with Thomas O'Brien. Later a printer at the Government Printing Office. (Advertiser, 13 August 1909, p. 7.)

Argles, Theodore Emil (died 1886). Journalist. Appears in an 1879 court case charged with assaulting Frank Carroll, proprietor of the Lantern. The court lists him as 'alias Frank Russell, alias Harold Gray, alias The Pilgrim'. Published the magazine Commonsense in 1879. (Chronicle, 1 March 1879, p. 10.)

Armitage, Mary. Women's editor at the Advertiser 1960s to 1980s.

Arnold, Christine. Took over from Molly Brazel as editor of the women's pages of the Advertiser in late 1970s.

Arnold, Peter. Journalist and editor. Trained at Murray Park CAE, Adelaide. Worked for AAP from 1979-1981, then sub-editor at the Sunshine Coast Daily until 1983, chief sub-editor Papua New Guinea Post-Courier until 1985. Sub-editor at the Advertiser from 1985 to 1987. At Hong Kong Standard 1987 to 1988. Worked freelance in London and Dublin until 1989. Sydney Morning Herald as sub-editor and chief-sub of their News Review and Money sections, 1989 to 1993. Freelance in New York until 1995 and Asia-Pacific editor for Bloomberg (Sydney) until 1998. Until 2013 was page one editor for the Australian Financial Review, editor of and production editor and chief-sub editor for BRW. Became Morningstar Asia-Pacific copy editor until 2015 and then senior writer and editor for Editor Group from 2015 to 2018. Motor writer for BRW, CEO Magazine and QView from 2010 to 2017. Currently publisher and content production manager for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. (Peter Arnold 2018)

Ash, George. Journalist, editor. In 1875 John Watson, editor and part-owner of the Border Watch, sent Ash (as editor) with JB Mather and Archibald Caldwell to establish the Naracoorte Herald as a branch newspaper to the Watch. Ash and Mather took over the newspaper in 1880, but were ruined by libel charges brought by James Hutchison JP in 1889, after which Ash himself entered South Australian Parliament. (Critic, 4 March 1899, p. 13.)

Ashmeade, Chelsea. Editor of the Northern Argus 2015.

Aslin, Nigel H. Journalist at the Mount Gambier Border Watch. Left in 1938 to work at the Sunraysia Daily, Mildura.

Aspinall, Anita. Journalist at the Mount Barker Courier in 1980.

Atchison, Michael. Cartoonist at the Advertiser from 1968 to 2008.

Attiwill, Keith Gordon (1899-). Journalist at the Register, then to the Geelong Times prior to the First World War. Joined Melbourne Argus in 1922 and became deputy chief of staff by 1927. Brother of Kenneth Attiwill.

Attiwill, Kenneth Andrew (1906-). Journalist at the Register, and in the 1920s was at the London Daily Sketch. Brother of Keith Attiwill.

Auld, Elizabeth (1901-). Journalist at the Melbourne Herald in the 1930s, and originally of Adelaide.

Auricht, BD. With JFW. Schultz as editor, revived the Australische Zeitung from 1927 until 1929, when it was taken over by the Queenslander Herald.

Auricht, G. Barossa News.

Austin, John Baptist (1827-1896). Varied career mostly in mining and journalism. Mining writer for the Advertiser and Register in the 1860s. Established Gawler Times in 1869. Conducted a journal for the Freemasons between 1880 and 1884. Son of the Rev. JB Austin. (Register, 14 September 1896, p. 6.)

Austin, Lylle. Bridge Observer.



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