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Issue Details: First known date: 1854... 1854 The Age
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Originally promoted in a prospectus dated 8 September 1854 by the Cooke brothers operating under the business name of Messrs. Francis Cooke and Co., General Merchants and Stock Owners, the Age was forty-eight hours from closure before the end of the year. This was avoided by compositors and other staff and supporters banding together to form a co-operative. This arrangement continued until 6 June 1856 when the chief editor Ebenezer Syme bought the paper at auction and became its sole proprietor. (In his biography of David Syme, Ambrose Pratt suggests that the Age was saved from an even earlier closure by its sympathetic coverage of the events at the Eureka Stockade.)


At Ebenezer Syme's death, his brother David Syme took control of the newspaper until his own death in 1908. David Syme left the Age to his wife and sons in trust.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1854
Notes:
Digitised issues available for the period 17 October 1854 to 29 June 1867, 1 January 1915 to 30 June 1919 and 1 October 1924 to 31 March 1926. (Correct as of 7 October 2014.)
Link: Web Resource Digital copy of print publication via Australian Newspapers (AN) Service

Works about this Work

Age Sybil Nolan , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : A 2014; (p. 12-14)
Elizabeth Morrison's Book is an Insight into David Syme, the Man Who Made the Age Matthew Ricketson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;

— Review of David Syme : Man of the Age Elizabeth Morrison 2014 single work biography
4 : Silver Jubilee On: And the Beat Goes On (2001–2011) i "GAY TRIAL AN", Javant Biarujia , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 46.1 2014;
1. Move On (1981–1983) i "[Chief Justice of the Family Court]", Javant Biarujia , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 46.1 2014;
y David Syme : Man of the Age Elizabeth Morrison , Clayton : Monash University Publishing , 2014 7666090 2014 single work biography

'The Melbourne Age newspaper dominated the newspaper stage in Australia from the 1870s to the end of the colonial period. In the 1880s its circulation was far in excess of any other daily throughout all British colonial possessions and its proprietor, the driven, talented Scotsman David Syme, was acknowledged as the leader of the Australian press. For the influence that he and his newspapers exercised, he became a legend in his lifetime and for several generations after his death in 1908.

'Drawing on family and business records as well as newly digitised nineteenth-century newspaper archives, this biography of a powerful man of many parts seeks to go behind the legend and round out the story of the life – primarily as press ‘baron’ but also as author and philosopher, financier, farmer, property developer and, not least, family man.' (Publication summary)

150 Years - A Journey 2004 anthology column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 October 2004;
An illustrated commemorative lift-out consisting of a collection of columns celebrating 150 years of the Age newspaper. The articles include a history of the paper, it's future, the 'daily life' of the newspaper, feature writers and journalists of the past and present and a time line. A painting 'A Journey' was created by Michael Leunig for the cover of the lift-out.
Bringing Books to the Attention of Readers : Kerry White Interviews John Kilner of The Age Education Unit Kerry White (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 20 no. 3 2005; (p. 18-20)
John Kilner is the editor of All About Books, an award winning supplement of the Age Education Unit. The aim of the liftout is to encourage children to be enthusiastic about reading and books. A kit for teachers is also included. There are author and reader interviews, 'pink books', football, humour, articles about writing and other topics.
'Having It All' or 'Had Enough'? Blaming Feminism in the 'Age' and the 'Sydney Morning Herald', 1980-2004 Natasha Campo , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 84 2005; (p. 63-72)
y David Syme : A Life C. E. Sayers , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1965 Z1392656 1965 single work biography
State Leaders Pay Tribute to 'Outstanding' Age Editor David Rood , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 January 2008; (p. 3)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 0312-6307
Range:
Vol. 1, no. 1 (17 October 1854)-
Note:
Selections of news items and feature columns of some issues available in an electronic version via the Internet at: http://www.theage.com.au/
Note:
  • From 20 August 1989, the Sunday issue published as the Sunday Age.
  • From 2 Feburary 2011, the Saturday issue published as the Saturday Age.

Note:
Sunday Life! issued free with the Sunday Age.
Note:
In June 2012, Fairfax announced that the size of the Age would change from broadsheet to tabloid size as of 4 March 2013.

Has serialised

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A Girl's Ideal, A. C. , 1881-1882 single work novel
A Black Sheep, Ada Cambridge , 1888-1889 single work novel

' Following the fortunes of Richard Delavel as a rebellious Oxford undergraduate in 1850s England and a still restless middle-aged family man in 1880s Sydney, the story presents his life and loves, work and leisure, beliefs and hopes against a background of constraints and opportunities in Britain and Australia.' (Publication summary)

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