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Issue Details: First known date: 1842... 1842 The Sydney Morning Herald
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First known date: 1842
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Charles Kemp and John Fairfax , 1842- .
      Link: U24642Web resource Digital copy of print publication via Australian Newspapers (AN) Service.
      • Digitised issues available Australian Newspapers (AN) Service for the period 1 August 1842 - 31 December 1954.
      • Digitised issues are also available via the Google News Archive for the period 1 August 1842 to 31 December 1989: (Correct as at 30/04/2013)

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It Took Three Years but the SMH and the Age Finally Got Their Revenge on Clementine Ford – Kind Of Amanda Meade , single work column
Domesticating Cosmopolitanism : Charmian Clift's Women's Column in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Herald in the 1960s Tanja Luckins , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: History Australia , December vol. 11 no. 3 2014; (p. 97-115)
'When novelist Charmian Clift returned to Australia in 1964 after 14 years in England and Greece, she was commissioned to write a women's column in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Herald. Her topics ranged widely, from food and drink, migrants and hospitality, famine and peace, children and religion, pop music and Aborigines to travel and housewives. By all accounts Clift struck a chord with her readers, her feel for connecting the vagaries of everyday life with historical and global events and social shifts made hers a distinctive voice in the daily press. This article explores the cosmopolitan outlook of Clift's newspaper column: a world of hospitality and travel based on a common humanity, a perspective that neither feared nor favoured class, caste and colour, all the while not shying away from criticisms of the moral ambiguities of a sophisticated worldliness. It argues that Clift's cosmopolitan perspective offered women a moral space that circumscribed local conditions. The article adds to an emerging body of knowledge on the gendered dimensions of cosmopolitanism and seeks to understand what kind of cosmopolitan world for women existed in 1960s Australia.' (Publication abstract)
y separately published work icon 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 : Unpublished Letters from the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald Alex Kaplan (editor), Catharine Munro (editor), Julie Lewis (editor), Sydney : Allen and Unwin ,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
Unmatched Prose and an Eye for the Moment: Marr Departs Damien Murphy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 July 2012; (p. 3)
Damien Murphy reports that 'the Heralds pre-eminent senior writer David Marr chose the eve of his 65th birthday to resign from the newspaper'. Interspersed with other work, Marr's career with the Sydney Morning Herald spanned more than five decades.
Journalism's Changing to Stay the Same 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 June 2012; (p. 19)
The Sydney Morning Herald's editorial writer comments on changes in the newspaper print publishing environment and the decision by Fairfax to move to a tabloid, rather than a broadsheet, format from early 2013.
y separately published work icon The Usefulness of John West : Dissent and Difference in the Australian Colonies Patricia Fitzgerald Ratcliff , Launceston : Albernian Press , 2003 Z1045204 2003 single work biography
y separately published work icon Conversation with Margaret Jones Hazel de Berg (interviewer), 1973 Z1110029 1973 single work interview Jones speaks of her work as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald ; about leaving for Peking and her prospects for gathering news ; the editorial policies of the Sydney Morning Herald ; she speaks about feature writing ; the techniques she employs when interviewing ; about her reasons for wanting to become a journalist ; she then speaks of her childhood.
y separately published work icon Conversation with Margaret Jones Hazel de Berg (interviewer), 1976 Z1110042 1976 single work interview Jones speaks of her two year stay in Peking as correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald ; of the controlled nature of news sources in China ; the amount of contact allowed with Chinese nationals during this period ; difficulties encountered when gathering news ; Chinese social customs ; Chinese urban workers and the peasants ; her impressions of Australia on her return.
y separately published work icon Interview with Margaret Jones, Writer Ann Turner (interviewer), 1994 Z1110049 1994 single work interview Jones talks about her trip to China in 1973 and then compares it with her trip in 1986. She then talks about her novel, The Confucius Enigma. Jones then compares the situation in 1974 and 1975 when one couldn't talk to ordinary Chinese to 1986 when it was possible. Jones also talks about the attitude of Chinese officials to journalists and attempts by Russians to get information from her about the situation in China. She also talks about The Smiling Buddha, a novel about Cambodia and her meetings with Prince Sihanouk. Jones also discusses writing Thatcher's Kingdom and a just completed novel about the return of art treasures from England to Greece. She is currently writing short stories. Jones then talks about her move from journalism to fiction writing; early days with the ABC, Mirror and Sydney Morning Herald (SMH); working in London and New York; discrimination against women journalists and her position as the first woman foreign editor of SMH and the changed situation today.
y separately published work icon Two Hundred Years of Sydney Newspapers : A Short History Victor Isaacs , Rod Kirkpatrick , North Richmond : Rural Press , 2003 Z1205070 2003 single work criticism 'This booklet ... has been produced to mark the bicentenary of publication of the first Australian newspaper, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, on 5 March 1803 and to provide a souvenir for those attending the Australian Newspaper Press Bicentenary Symposium at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, on 1 March 2003.

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 1322-0675
ISSN: 1327-5526
ISSN: 1322-0683
ISSN: 0312-6315
ISSN: 1326-4745
Daily (Monday - Saturday)
Vol.14 no. 1623 (1 August 1842) -
Continues the Sydney Herald vol. 1 no.1 (Monday, 18 April 1831) - vol.14 no.1622 (July 1842)
Includes supplements
Includes advertising
Selections of news items and feature columns of some issues available in an electronic version via the Internet at:
In June 2012, Fairfax announced that the size of The Sydney Morning Herald would change from broadsheet to 'compact' (tabloid) size as of 4 March 2013 for Monday to Friday issues.
The Sun-Herald, published on Sundays, complements The Sydney Morning Herald's Monday to Saturday issues.

Has serialised

The Man of Many Faces Fifteen Keys, Carlton Dawe , single work novel thriller crime

Following on from The Sign of the Glove, 'three principal characters are living in peace and prosperity after their adventures, and the story Is told by one of them, Colonel Peter Gantian, who takes up the main burden of the Incidents that follow on the reappearance of Leo Jask, a criminal and revolutionary, with whom they are all well acquainted and of whose death or existence there had been doubt. The troubles of Colonel Gantlan begin when the young son of one of the three good companions is kidnapped and spirited away to unknown places in London, where the hunt is vigoriously [sic] carried on by the colonel, aided by his former batman of the war. This is not a detective story, though it Is written In the style of the popular fiction of that class. It is full of strange disguisings and mysterious clues, and moves with life on every page, so that the Interest will be carried from day to day by our readers.'


'New Serial', Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 1932, p.4.

The Law of the Knife, Carlton Dawe , single work novel thriller crime

'"The Law of the Knife" again sees "Leathermouth," otherwise Colonel Gantian, Secret Service agent, confidant of Scotland Yard, at work in investigating the nefarious work of Russian agents in England. Chief among them is a juggler, whose feats of knife throwing on the stage are endowed with a sinister aspect when Colonel Gantian narrowly escapes death by that means, and, in particular, when a young woman in the clutches of the gang is killed on the stage when one of the knives with which the thrower Is "outlining" her body against a wall, penetrates her eye. Leathermouth is a danger to the Soviet and must be got rid of. The girl had warned him. So the murder takes place, but is attributed to death by misadventure, the juggler declaring that the girl had moved her head.

'The story of the attempts by the agent of the Russian Commissar, with whom Leathermouth has come into conflict, are told by a hand skilled in that class of narrative, and it will be found that, combined with the excellent style in which the various characters are handled, the serial will hold its interest unflagglngly from beginning to end.'


'New Serial', Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 1934, p.3.

Crumpled Lilies, Carlton Dawe , single work novel thriller crime

'The roving eye of his friend Wallington is attracted by a pretty woman, who, however, tries to blackmail him. When Wallington refuses to meet her demands, he is kidnapped and the details of his rescue provide many thrilling moments.'


'Crumpled Lilies', Sunday Times, 10 December 1933, p.3.

Wanted!, Carlton Dawe , single work crime mystery

'The plot does not open, however, with the conventlonal corpse lying in a magnificently furnished flat. Only gradually does a feeling of strange, unknown forces envelop the group of people who confront the hero in the early chapters. He overtakes a girl on the road from London to Folkestone. She has a puncture in one of the back tyres of her grey two seater car; and does not know how to change the wheel; so Richard Saxenham (as the young man Is named) jumps out and offers to help her. She attracts him. So when (after he has performed the wheel-changing service and she has driven off), he finds In the roadway a green morocco case with an address at Folkestone in it, he feels no small satisfaction. The address proves to be that of a stone house, in which the girl lives with her uncle and a foreign couple. They seem an ill-assorted group. The young man's suspicions are aroused. Then, directly he returns to his hotel, a stranger he meets in the lounge begins unaccountably to ramble on to him about some diamond robbery that Is reported In the morning's newspaper. The mystery surrounding the family in the stone house deepens when Saxenham discovers that the stranger's activities are linked in some way with theirs. Presently the residents in the stone house disappear, leaving behind them the corpse beloved of writers of detective fiction, and it becomes the task of Scotland Yard to track them down again.'


'Our New Serial', Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May 1931, p.4.

The Woman at Jingera, Don Edwards , single work novel
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