Daily News (Perth, Western Australia)

Daily News
Type Daily newspaper
Founder(s) Stirling Bros and Co, Ltd
Founded 1882
Ceased publication 1990
City Perth
Country Australia

The Daily News, also published as The Inquirer, and The Inquirer and Commercial News, was an afternoon daily English language newspaper published in Perth, Western Australia from 1882 to 1990,[1] though its origin is traceable from 1840. A Saturday edition was published as the Western Mail, which became the Weekend Mail and, in the 1960s, the Weekend News which ceased to be published in the mid-1980s.


Daily News front page of 7 August 1945, announcing the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.[2]

One of the early newspapers of the Western Australian colony was The Inquirer, established by Francis Lochee and William Tanner on 5 August 1840. Lochee became sole proprietor and editor in 1843 until May 1847 when he sold the operation to the paper's former compositor Edmund Stirling.

In July 1855, The Inquirer merged with the recently established Commercial News and Shipping Gazette, owned by Robert John Sholl, as The Inquirer & Commercial News. It ran under the joint ownership of Stirling and Sholl. Sholl departed and, from April 1873, the paper was produced by Stirling and his three sons, trading as Stirling & Sons. Edmund Stirling retired five years later and his three sons took control as Stirling Bros and Co, Ltd.

Stirling Bros launched the Daily News on 26 July 1882.[3] After 28 June 1901 The Inquirer & Commercial News was incorporated into the Daily News.[4]

A Saturday edition, published as the Western Mail, was particularly popular in country areas. This newspaper became the Weekend Mail and, in the 1960s, the Weekend News. It was closed in the mid-1980s. The Weekend Magazine of the Daily News was later incorporated into The West Australian.

1980 - 1990

Competition from television evening news resulted in losses in circulation and eventual cessation of most Australian afternoon newspapers. The Daily News came to be a wholly owned subsidiary of West Australian Newspapers (WAN), formerly itself a subsidiary of the Melbourne-based Herald and Weekly Times organisation. In the late 1980s, WAN was acquired by the ill-fated Bond Corporation's subsidiary the Bell Group.

In 1986, Holmes à Court sold the Daily News to a small company headed by businessman Simon Hadfield. The newspaper moved to a renovated pie factory on the outskirts of the CBD. Its last issue was on 11 September 1990. Former staff hold 5-yearly reunions.[5]

On 2 May 1990,[6] British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell's UK-based Mirror Group bought 14.9 per cent of Bell from the group's managing director, Mr David Aspinall. However, the deal did not proceed, being opposed by the federal government under its media foreign ownership policy.[7][8] The Government of Western Australia was activated to legislate to retrospectively place the Daily News beyond the decision of the (federal) Trade Practices Commission—a move which the state opposition condemned as prejudicial to Commonwealth-State relations.[9] The paper was then defunct and in receivership, owing over $15 million, mainly to The West Australian for production costs.

WAN was the subject of a successful stock-market float in 1992, following closure of the Daily News.

Notable former journalists


In November 1893, William John Hardy joined the Daily News as the first pictorial engraver in the state.[14] His first engraving was of Reverend Dr Llewelyn D. Bevan.[15] Prior to Mr Hardy's arrival illustrations were sourced from Melbourne and Sydney.[14] By late 1894 photographic processes replaced illustrating the news with engraved works.

Publication details

The Daily News was published from 26 July 1882 to 11 September 1990. The paper incorporated the Morning Herald from 6 July 1886 and the Inquirer and Commercial News from 28 June 1901.

A Saturday edition ran from 6 August 1960 to 29 March 1986, titled Weekend News. From 19 February 1966 to 3 April 1971 there was an additional Saturday colour supplement, titled Weekend Magazine.

Other supplements include:


Issues (1882 - 1950) of this newspaper have been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program[17] (ANDP), a project of the National Library of Australia in cooperation with the State Library of Western Australia.

Hard copy and microfilm copies of the Daily News are also available in at the State Library of Western Australia.[16]

See also


  1. Margaret Hartnup (September 1999). "Background to the Early Newspapers". State Library of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-03-06. and Douge, Denise.(1990) Description of the closure of the newspaper, redundancy agreement Scoop, Summer 1990, p. 5, 27,
  2. Page can be read online at Trove.
  3. "The Daily News". The Daily News (1). Perth, WA. p. 1. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. "Notice". The Inquirer and Commercial News (3349). Perth, WA. 28 June 1901. p. 8. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. Read all about it! at Daily News Reunion website
  6. "Maxwell purchases 15% of Bell Group". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 May 1990.
  7. "Court puts freeze on Maxwell's Bell stake". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 May 1990.
  8. "Communications Law Centre Forum: Foreign ownership of media" (PDF). Spring 1990.
  9. Opposition Leader Barry McKinnon's Media Release: Libs want Daily to continue but reject state legislation, 18 September 1990.
  10. Guilliatt, Richard (21 August 1988). "Australian Dealmaker: John Cornell – The Man Who Sold Hollywood on Crocodile Dundee". nytimes.com. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  11. Alison Fan Profile at Platinum Speakers + Entertainers. Accessed 20 October 2013
  12. Langoulant tunes in at Australian Cartoon Museum
  13. Libel over restaurant The Canberra Times, 1 August 1970, at Trove
  14. 1 2 "BLOCK-MAKER LOOKS BACK.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 2 September 1932. p. 3 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  15. "THE REV. DR. BEYAN.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 30 November 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  16. 1 2 "Catalogue". State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  17. "Newspaper Digitisation Program". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2013.

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