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Issue Details: First known date: 1854; Latest issue indexed: 2016 1854
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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

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)

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;
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;
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 Canberra Times , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014;

— Review of David Syme : Man of the Age Elizabeth Morrison 2014 single work biography
Age Sybil Nolan , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : A 2014; (p. 12-14)
y Pardon Me for Mentioning... : Unpublished Letters from the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald Alex Kaplan (editor), Catharine Munro (editor), Julie Lewis (editor), Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6452913 2013 single work correspondence
y Class Act : A Life of Creighton Burns John Tidey , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012 Z1857681 2012 single work biography

'A veteran journalist once said of Creighton Burns that he possessed the qualities of a natural reporter: curiosity, courage and an ability to get along with colleagues and contacts. Another contemporary described him as a 'class act' in the rough and tumble world of newspapers.

'Although best known as a courageous editor of the Age throughout the 1980s, Burns, in fact, pursued three careers - academic, foreign correspondent and newspaper editor. In each of them he distinguished himself. He also wrote two books on political topics and was the 1949 Rhodes Scholar for Victoria.

'Class Act: A Life of Creighton Burns is the story of this engaging and accomplished Australian who joined the navy as a 17-year-old recruit in 1942 and finished his working life as a University Chancellor more than 50 years later.' (From the publisher's website.)

Why Editorial Independence Must Never Be Sacrificed Martin Flanagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 24)
Obituaries : New Home 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16 April 2011; (p. 35)
The Age announces that, as of Monday, 18 April 2011, its obituaries section will have 'a permanent new home, Monday to Friday, on the inside back left-hand page'. When space permits, an additional obituary will appear at the top of the death notices page. The Age notes that this enhanced service 'is in response to reader demand for what are often the most interesting stories in the paper, about the lives of Australian and international figures, from batters to people who changed the world'.
Journalism's New Age Raymond Gill , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 6 February 2010; (p. 5)
y Breaking News : The Golden Age of Graham Perkin Ben Hills , Carlton North : Scribe , 2010 Z1688357 2010 single work biography

'It is now more than 30 years since Graham Perkin's tragically premature death, but his legacy lives on in every corner of the Australian media. Perkin was, without question, the country's greatest editor of the 20th century. In his nine years at the helm of The Age, he transformed a venerable but moribund rag into a paper regularly voted one of the world's ten best broadsheets, alongside such great titles as The Washington Post and The Times of London. He changed forever the way that the media looks at society, and the way that people relate to the media.

'In this insightful, vigorous biography, veteran investigative journalist and Walkley Award winner Ben Hills — who worked under Perkin's editorship for six years — chronicles the life and times of Australia's most influential newspaper editor, and the history of the newspaper to which he devoted his tremendous talents.

'From a little town in Victoria's dusty Mallee to the door of the Fairfax boardroom, from the twilight of the Menzies era to the death throes of the Whitlam government, from formulaic, moth-balled reportage to socially responsible investigative journalism, Breaking News paints a vivid picture of Graham Perkin's remarkable career. It is biography at its best, and the personality and energy of this big, bluff cyclone of a man jumps from the pages. Most of all, however, it is a portrait of media power, of the last of the great editors who, by the force of their convictions, made a difference to society — a breed for whom there is no place in today's corporate media conglomerates, with their focus on cost-cutting and the short-term bottom line.

'A cracking story in its own right, Breaking News is an engrossing read, not only for those who remember Perkin and the golden age of Australian newspapers, but also for everyone who reads the paper or watches the news today.' (From the publisher's website.)

Great Editor's Biography Recalls a Revolution That Kicked the Stuffing Out of Newspapers Mark Day , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 May 2010; (p. 7)
The Battle of Sunday Steve Foley , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 August 2009; (p. 13)
The Future is Now Steve Harris , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 August 2009; (p. 1-2)
State Leaders Pay Tribute to 'Outstanding' Age Editor David Rood , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 January 2008; (p. 3)
The Rise of a Press Baron Elizabeth Morrison , Veronica Condon , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 February 2008; (p. 7)
Newspaper's Golden Age Moira Rayner , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 23 December vol. 18 no. 25 2008;
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)
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.
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)
The Rise of a Press Baron Elizabeth Morrison , Veronica Condon , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 February 2008; (p. 7)
Notes on Major Accessions of Private Papers John Thompson , 1975 single work column
— Appears in: La Trobe Library Journal , October vol. 4 no. 16 1975; (p. 102-104)
Newspaper's Golden Age Moira Rayner , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 23 December vol. 18 no. 25 2008;
The Battle of Sunday Steve Foley , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 August 2009; (p. 13)
The Future is Now Steve Harris , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 August 2009; (p. 1-2)
Journalism's New Age Raymond Gill , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 6 February 2010; (p. 5)
y Breaking News : The Golden Age of Graham Perkin Ben Hills , Carlton North : Scribe , 2010 Z1688357 2010 single work biography

'It is now more than 30 years since Graham Perkin's tragically premature death, but his legacy lives on in every corner of the Australian media. Perkin was, without question, the country's greatest editor of the 20th century. In his nine years at the helm of The Age, he transformed a venerable but moribund rag into a paper regularly voted one of the world's ten best broadsheets, alongside such great titles as The Washington Post and The Times of London. He changed forever the way that the media looks at society, and the way that people relate to the media.

'In this insightful, vigorous biography, veteran investigative journalist and Walkley Award winner Ben Hills — who worked under Perkin's editorship for six years — chronicles the life and times of Australia's most influential newspaper editor, and the history of the newspaper to which he devoted his tremendous talents.

'From a little town in Victoria's dusty Mallee to the door of the Fairfax boardroom, from the twilight of the Menzies era to the death throes of the Whitlam government, from formulaic, moth-balled reportage to socially responsible investigative journalism, Breaking News paints a vivid picture of Graham Perkin's remarkable career. It is biography at its best, and the personality and energy of this big, bluff cyclone of a man jumps from the pages. Most of all, however, it is a portrait of media power, of the last of the great editors who, by the force of their convictions, made a difference to society — a breed for whom there is no place in today's corporate media conglomerates, with their focus on cost-cutting and the short-term bottom line.

'A cracking story in its own right, Breaking News is an engrossing read, not only for those who remember Perkin and the golden age of Australian newspapers, but also for everyone who reads the paper or watches the news today.' (From the publisher's website.)

Great Editor's Biography Recalls a Revolution That Kicked the Stuffing Out of Newspapers Mark Day , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 May 2010; (p. 7)
Obituaries : New Home 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16 April 2011; (p. 35)
The Age announces that, as of Monday, 18 April 2011, its obituaries section will have 'a permanent new home, Monday to Friday, on the inside back left-hand page'. When space permits, an additional obituary will appear at the top of the death notices page. The Age notes that this enhanced service 'is in response to reader demand for what are often the most interesting stories in the paper, about the lives of Australian and international figures, from batters to people who changed the world'.
y Class Act : A Life of Creighton Burns John Tidey , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012 Z1857681 2012 single work biography

'A veteran journalist once said of Creighton Burns that he possessed the qualities of a natural reporter: curiosity, courage and an ability to get along with colleagues and contacts. Another contemporary described him as a 'class act' in the rough and tumble world of newspapers.

'Although best known as a courageous editor of the Age throughout the 1980s, Burns, in fact, pursued three careers - academic, foreign correspondent and newspaper editor. In each of them he distinguished himself. He also wrote two books on political topics and was the 1949 Rhodes Scholar for Victoria.

'Class Act: A Life of Creighton Burns is the story of this engaging and accomplished Australian who joined the navy as a 17-year-old recruit in 1942 and finished his working life as a University Chancellor more than 50 years later.' (From the publisher's website.)

Why Editorial Independence Must Never Be Sacrificed Martin Flanagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 24)
Saturday Morning With the Age i "Flocks", John Green , 1986 single work poetry
— Appears in: Shy One 1986; (p. 85-86)
Stuart Sayers: Publishing's Friend Rod Usher (interviewer), 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: The Age , 19 July 1986; (p. 12)
The Art of Guttling : Marcus Clarke and Colonial Gastronomy Michael Meehan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 49 no. 2 1990; (p. 241-251)
Review Endangered by Financial Crunch Peter Craven , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 March 1998; (p. 39,41)

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

The Business Trip, Andrew Masterson , 2001 single work short story
Well, Shoot Me Now!, Derek Hansen , 1994 single work novel humour Well, Shoot Me Now!
The Grand Prix Murders, Simon Hughes , 1996 single work novel
A Woman's Friendship, Ada Cambridge , 1988 single work novel satire
The Ultimate Story, Michael Wagner , Ursula Dubosarsky , Justin D'Ath , Sophie Hancock , Alex Hicks , Dave Hackett , Amber Argent , Laura Bentley , 2008 single work children's fiction children's adventure
The Valley of the Sky, Tarlton Rayment , 1937 single work novel historical fiction
Mrs Tregaskiss : A Novel of Anglo-Australian Life, Rosa Praed , 1895 single work novel
The Lost Earl of Ellan : A Story of Australian Life, Rosa Praed , 1905-1906 single work novel
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil : A Tale of Australian Bush Life, Anthony Trollope , 1873 single work novel

'Trollope's only Australian novel, Harry Heathcote of Gangoil deals with the problems facing a young sheepfarmer, or 'squatter' (modeled after Trollope's son Frederic) in outback Australia. Using conventions of the Christmas story established by Dickens in the late 1840s, the novel shows Harry Heathcote thwarting the envious ex-convict neighbors who harbor his disgruntled former employees and who attempt to set fire to his pastures. Trollope draws heavily on his knowledge of the social and economic conditions of bush life acquired during a year-long visit to Australia in 1871-2. This story by Trollope reflects the author's readiness to diverge from the familiar paths that were most congenial to him and to his readership.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (1981 Arno edition).

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)

A Girl's Ideal, A. C. , 1881-1882 single work novel
The Silent Sea, Mrs. Alick Macleod , 1892 single work novel
The Lust of Hate, Guy Boothby , 1897 single work novel travel

'In this the third of Boothby's Dr. Nikola novels, Nikola applies his almost hypnotic persuasion to convince an out-of-luck Australian, formerly from England, named Gilbert Pennethorne to assist Nikola unwittingly in an evil scheme. Nikola takes advantage of Pennethorne's intense desire for revenge against a former boss in Australia who stole information about the location of a gold field that would have made Pennethorne immensely wealthy.

'Using that information the boss made himself rich, living a high life in London, while Pennethorne remained penniless. Nikola contrives a plan and a device for Pennethorne to commit the perfect murder of the wealthy thief. Unknowingly, Pennethorne thus becomes a party to another one of Nikola's insidious schemes.'

Source: feedbooks.com

Simmer in the City, Joanna Murray-Smith , 2005 single work novel
Under the Umbrian Weather, Shane Maloney , 2006 single work novel humour
The Ultimate Story, Dave Hackett , Mary-Anne Fahey , Michael Wagner , Helen Zhang , Alanna Mattarucco , Doug MacLeod , Sophie Hancock , Alex Hicks , 2007 single work children's fiction children's adventure
Binky the Crime-Fighting Kitten, Andy Griffiths , 2008 single work children's fiction children's crime
Vigilante Virgin, Marieke Hardy , 2009 single work short story humour
The Ultimate Story [2009], Cathy Cassidy , Archimede Fusillo , Pat Flynn , Laura Bentley , Michael Wagner , Amber Argent , Annie Tooby , Mei-Yen Kingwell , 2009 single work children's fiction children's The Age MS Readathon Ultimate Story
The Ultimate Story [2010], Julia Lawrinson , Oliver Phommavanh , Gabrielle Wang , Mei-Yen Kingwell , Annie Tooby , Gretel Killeen , Jodie Turnbull , Billy Robertson , 2010 single work children's fiction children's MS Readathon Ultimate Story
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