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Nash, RJ. Journalist at the Border Watch until 1932 and later the Colac Herald prior to enlisting int he Army during the Second World War.

Neale, Charles. Editor of the West Coast Sentinel from 1917 to 1934, which he purchased in 1921. In 1928 launched the short-lived Western Mail at Ceduna. Later at the Millicent Times.

Neales, John Bentham. Auctioneer. For a short time was editor of the Port Lincoln Herald.

Nelson, Brian. Journalist at the Stock Journal in the 1960s.

Nelson, Deidre. Editor of the Murray Bridge Bridge Observer from 1971 until 1972.

Nesbit, Paris. Solicitor. Contributor to Eclectic. Editor of Morning.

Newman, John H. In Adelaide making false claims about his 'international award for journalism' in 1884.

Nicholson, John. Journalist at the Port Augusta Dispatch in the late 1880s. In the 1920s working in Perth.

Nicolaides, George (1891-1966). Publisher and editor. Arrived in Adelaide 1913, founded Greek newspaper, Oceanis, 1914, which was moved to Sydney the following year.

Nienaber, Otto N (died 1927). Joined the Register in 1860, and often wrote as musical critic. Left in 1873. (Chronicle, 3 December 1927, p. 22.)

Nihill, Grant. General reporter and political reporter at the Advertiser. Later press secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

Nilson, Eric. Editor and manager of the Pinnaroo and Border Times from 1941.

Nimmo, Hamilton. Journalist with Direct Action 1928.

Nixon, Sherrill. Editorial staff at the Messenger Press in late 1980s, then to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Noble, G. Editor of the Edwardstown Community News (Messenger Press) in 1964.

Northey, Gavin. Editor of the Port Lincoln Times from 1986 to 1988.

Northmore, John Alfred (died 1891). Draper. Northmore was a writer of 'fluent and trenchant letters on political and other subjects' in the Adelaide press for many years. Between 1877 and 1879 he published a newspaper, the Traders Courier and Free Lance, mainly to advertise his drapery business. (Register, 9 June 1891, p. 3)

Nott, Dr. George (died 1872). Doctor. Co-founder of the Bunyip. (Register, 2 January 1873, p. 15.)


O'Brien, Barry. Photographer and journalist. Joined the Advertiser as a cadet photographer in 1957. In the mid 1970s became baseball writer at a time when the work of photographers and reporters was not interchangeable except under exceptional circumstances. Until 1990 (when regulations changed) was the only newspaper photographer in Australia writing newspaper stories. Retired in 2003. Continues to write travel articles for a range of publications including the Advertiser, West Australian, Senior Traveller and a number of travel magazines. (Barry O'Brien 2018)

O'Connor, Jenny. General reporter and womens' sport reporter at the Advertiser.

O'Connor, Peter. Sub-editor at the Advertiser.

O'Dea, J. Editor and manager of the Pinnaroo and Border Times 1921 to 1927.

Ogg, Fred. (d. 2014). Began working as 'printer's devil' at the Whyalla News in 1941. Rose to become General Manager of the newspaper in 1971, and later also of the Northern Newspapers Group. Retired 1981.

Olifent, William E. Journalist at the Register early 20th century.

Oliver, Bertie Arnold (Bert) (died 1951). Journalist. Joined the Register as an assistant reader, then transferred to the Advertiser. Joined the Mail when it was founded in 1912, and became editor. Moved to the News in 1928, as a political writer and became chief of staff. (News, 13 March 1951, p. 2.)

O'Loughlin, James Vincent (died 1925). Editor/owner of the Terowie Enterprise and North Eastern Advertiser until 1887. Founder and managing director of the Southern Cross, 1889.

O'Malley, Ray. Journalist at the Murray Pioneer in the 1930s.

O'Neill, W. Editor and manager of the Pinnaroo Border Times 1917 to 1921.

Opey, John W. (1851-1885). Began working as an apprentice in the reporting department of the Advertiser in the 1860s. Became leader of the reporting staff in the 1870s, and then sub-editor in the 1880s. Continued in this position until shortly before his death. (Advertiser, 30 November 1885, p. 4.)

Orchard, Lloyd C. Journalist at the Border Watch until 1940, then at the Naracaoorte Herald.

O'Reilly, Charles Bernhard (1871-1960). Worked at the Register for 25 years as a sports writer and parliamentary reporter, from 1885 to 1909. Editor and part owner of the Kapunda Herald from 1909 to 1917, then proprietor of the Maitland Watch 1917 to 1949. (Kapunda Herald, 1 October 1909, p. 6; Recorder, 15 August 1952, p. 5; Advertiser, 1 November 1960, p. 3.)

O'Reilly, Mike. Journalist. Joined the Advertiser in 1970, working as regional representative at Whyalla in 1973/74, and as police roundsman and crime reporter until 1979. After a stint in the Northern Territory, returned to Adelaide in 1980 and worked in the Channel NWS 9 newsroom for two years, then at the News itself for five years. Since 1989 has run his own PR and Media business, while continuing to write for the press and deliver radio reports.

O'Shea, Michael John (died 1935). Joined Naracoorte Herald about 1906, then manager of the Tatiara and Lawloit News at Bordertown until it closed. Then worked at the Daily Herald, Adelaide. Returned as a journalist to the Naracoorte Herald in 1932, shortly before his death. (Naracoorte Herald, 29 October 1935, p. 2.)

Osborn, Michelle. Journalist at the Mid North Broadcaster (Burra) in 2012.

Osborne, Robert Martin (died 1931). Osborne had been apprenticed at a newspaper trade in Gloucestershire, England, and then spent two years working in New York before coming to Adelaide in 1884 and opening a printing business. He worked at the Port Augusta Dispatch, and then established the short-lived goldfields newspaper, the Teetulpa News. Eventually Osborne became a newspaper owner/editor, establishing the Quorn Mercury, Petersburg Times and the Jamestown Star newspapers. In 1908 he sold his three northern newspapers to his Peterborough printer, WH (Bill) Bennett. Two years earlier, in 1906, he established a suburban newspaper, the Unley Citizen, which however, declined after a few years into one page of news and three pages of syndicated articles. He retired in 1912 and moved to Tasmania in 1919, where he died. (Southern Cross, 9 October 1931, p. 6; Peterborough Times, 2 October 1931, p. 3; Mercury, 24 September 1931, p. 9.)

Osborne, Samuel Watts Ivey (1868-). Brother of Robert Osborne. Began working at the Dursley Gazette, Gloucestershire at age 16, then worked in London and other provincial towns. Came to South Australia in 1896 to work with his brother and established the Quorn Mercury. Worked with his brother at the Port Pirie Advertiser from 1898, and later ran the Areas Express (Gladstone) and Wooroora Producer (Balaklava), both with William Hancock. Wrote the 'Personal Reminiscences' column for the Port Pirie Recorder from 1929 until 1950. He was country correspondent for the Register for 50 years, and later also for the Advertiser. (Recorder, 12 March 1952, p. 1.)

Osterman, Ian. Editor of the Mount Barker Courier in 2012.

Ostle, Eleanor. Cadet journalist at the Whyalla News from 1984, later sports editor.



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