Forbackground on the Freeman's Journal, see McEncroe's ADB entry etc...also see the letters which Sheridan Moore (a Benedictine) wrote to the newspapers at the time of his resignation as editor in January 1857...plus I've realised that there is quite extensive newspaper coverage of the dispute over the proprietorship of FJ between McEncroe and D'Arcy (his nephew!)...a libel action taken by Deniehy...etc...all worth investigating if someone has time - rt 19/3/11.
Further info on the Freeman's Journal appears in R.B. Walker, The Newspaper Press in New South Wales, 1803-1920 (pp. 150-160)...this is the source of my abstract, which I'll try to polish up and extend to cover the life of the FJ...Walker also provides info on the proprietors and editors...he appears to have had access to FJ archives...I'd like to also somehow keep the quote from the Catholic Weekly...if anyone wants to add or improve on my abstract then feel free...my profound knowledge of the FJ comes via reading a few pages of Walker and a few other bits and pieces...I'm no expert - rt 18/4/11.PROPRIETORS - IN PROGRESS...I dare say that these details could be established by looking at the proprietor details which appear on the issues issues...if anyone with access to the micro reels has a few spare hours/days; hitherto my sources have been 1) R.B Walker, The Newspaper Press in New South Wales, 1803-1920 (1976); 2) various digitised newspaper hits...much of this is very sketchy...going on the digitised newspaper hits, it appears that Walker didn't quite get all the details right...and the digitised newspapers themselves (notices re partnerships, etc) don't reveal the full details - rt 7/4/11.rt 7/4/11. Proprietor: John McEncroe (1850-1857)...the newspaper hits indicate that D'Arcy was a proprietor or part proprietor with McEncroe during part of this period...Sheridan Moore's SMH letter 19/1/1857, p. 3 states that D'Arcy became proprietor on 25/2/1856 ; Jabez King Haydon (1857-1860); William Dolman (1860-1865); William Dolman, William Bede Dalley (1865-1866); William Dolman, Richard O'Sullivan (1866-1867); William Dolman, Richard O'Sullivan, Richard Blundell (1866-1869); William Dolman, Richard Blundell (1869-1870); Thomas Butler (1870-1874); Thomas Butler, Michael Mullens McGirr (1874 - ?1888); Thomas Butler, Michael Mullens McGirr, Thomas Joseph Murray (?1888 - 1889);...Company ownership (?1894- ) EDITORS - IN PROGRESS - source, R.B Walker, The Newspaper Press in New South Wales, 1803-1920 (1976) - rt 7/4/11. ?John McEncroe (1850-1853); Michael D'Arcy (1853-1856); J. Sheridan Moore (1856-1857)...per Walker, Moore stepped in when D'Arcy became ill ; ?John McEncroe (1857); Jabez King Haydon (1857-6/1860); ? ; (?-1865); William Bede Daley (1865-1866)...digitised newspaper hits suggest Dalley was at the FJ in 1864; Richard O'Sullivan (1866-1869); Thomas Butler (1869-1896); John Blakeney (1896-1898); Edward O'Sullivan (Jan 1898-Sept 1899); J.D. Fitzgerald (Sept 1899-1904); John Blakeney (1904-1914) I've dipped into the FJ to index some of the works by Henry Kendall which appeared in the Fj in both his names and in various writing names ('The Mopoke', 'A Mopoke', 'Tiresias', 'A Literary Hack')...I've skimmed thru the years 1878-1880 and to the end of April 1881 (by when Kendall was employed as Director of Forests and hence probably not contributing to the newspapers any more)...I've also had to dip into the FJ whilst checking out details on Kendall's mentor and friend, J. Sheridan Moore, etc - rt 25/5/11. This record is part of the Colonial Newspapers/Magazines Project 2013. SOMEONE NEEDS TO ADD A BIT MORE ON THE FJ IN THE 20TH CENTURY...when I gather it lost the support of the Church hierarchy because it became too closely aligned with Labor politics...and it was eclipsed by other cheaper Catholic newspapers - rt 25/5/11.
The Freeman's Journal was established in June 1850 by Archdeacon John McEncroe as a Catholic newspaper. For much of its life the Freeman's Journal espoused liberal and non-sectarian views, though it tended to focus mainly on Church and Irish news, rather than on day to day events and political news.
Whilst it was not an official Church newspaper, the Freeman's Journal nevertheless generally supported the official Church line, the exception being during its initial period, when under the editorship of D'Arcy, Moore and then Heydon, it was deeply embroiled in Church politics.
Despite the intentions of its founder, the Freeman's Journal did not always remain aloof from political controversy either. In the later 1860ss, under the editorship of radical Irish nationalist Richard O'Sullivan, its strongly sectarian position alienated Catholics and Protestants alike, and following the attempted assassination of the Duke of Edinburgh in Sydney in 1868, it was targeted by the New South Wales Government for its supposed disloyalty. However, its fortunes were restored during Thomas Butler's editorship, when the newspaper returned to a less sectarian, liberal position, and enjoyed a lengthy period of stability and prosperity.
Following Butler's departure, the Freeman's Journal then developed political affiliations with the emerging Labor Party. Throughout its life the Freeman's Journal remained a consistent advocate and supporter of Catholic education.
The Freeman's Journal's successor, the Catholic Weekly notes that the Journal 'was able to draw on the best minds of the day to become an eminently intelligent source, one that was never out of touch with what was happening in the local community. One of its greatest achievements was its work for Catholic education and its tireless (although unsuccessful in its time) crusade against unfair discrimination of denominational schools.' (www.catholicweekly.com.au/)
'The Freeman's Journal, was printed on an old hand-turned "mangle" in the gallery of St Mary's Seminary, in a building adjacent to the first St Mary's Cathedral.'
Source: www.catholicweekly.com.au/ (Sighted 11/11/2009).