Western Mail 1.1 (19 December 1885)
y The Western Mail newspaper  
Alternative title: The Western Mail (Perth)
Issue Details: First known date: 1885-1955... 1885-1955 The Western Mail
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'There is a general impression that the time has come when a first class weekly paper, in a form somewhat different from the weeklies now in circulation, would prove a success in Western Australia. Hitherto the weekly journals here have been but the Saturday or Wednesday issues of the dailies. This want of a weekly on a distinct footing, and acceptable to all sections of the population, the Proprietors of the West Australian have determined to endeavour to supply, by publishing every Saturday, a new paper to be called The Western Mail.

'The new journal will contain a re-print of so much of the week's news from West Australian as may be thought of general interest. In addition it will have Original Articles, Notes, and Essays on various subjects, following, indeed, in all respects the example of similar weeklies in Eastern Australasia. Great attention will be devoted to the Farm and Station, the fullest information being given on all Agricultural and Pastoral questions, Sporting items of all kinds will form a leading feature. In lighter departments, short Tales and serial Stories will appear in each issue. Wit and Humour, Riddles, and other amusing items of all kinds will find a place in its columns. In short it is trusted that what the Australian, Sydney Mail, Queenslander and Observer are to their respective colonies, The Western Mail may prove to Western Australia.’

Source: 'A New Weekly Journal.' Western Mail 19 December 1885: 3

Sighted: 19/11/2013

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      Perth, Western Australia,: 1885-1955 .
      Link: Web Resource Digital copy of print publication via Australian Newspapers (AN) Service
      • 'Printed by steam power for Charles Harper of Guildford, and J. W. Hackett of Perth, by James Gibbney, at the office of the Western Mail, St George's Terrace, Perth. (Colophon, 19 December 1885: 46)
      • Digitised issues available for the period 19 December 1885 to 20 December 1956. (Correct as of 19 December 2013.)

Works about this Work

Rescuing Reading : Strategies for Arresting the Decline of Reading in Western Australian Newspapers between the Wars Patrick Buckridge , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 29 no. 3 2014; (p. 101-115)
'The purpose of this essay is to describe and interpret a cluster of three readerly 'entertainments' conducted in two Perth newspapers, The Western Mail and the est Australian, in the years 1929-1930, and to place them in contexts that enable us to understand them as calculated and connected interventions in a wider campaign of resistance to what was perceived as a decline in recreational reading in this period.' (Introduction, 101)
Myths of Innocence and Experience Bruce Bennett , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Australian Compass : Essays on Place and Direction in Australian Literature 1991; (p. 75-87) Populous Places : Australian Cities and Towns 1992; (p. 238-253)
y The Gate of Dreams : The Western Mail Annuals, 1897-1955 Ffion Murphy (editor), Richard Nile (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1990 Z168499 1990 anthology poetry short story prose criticism
Mates, Lovers and Companions 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Gate of Dreams : The Western Mail Annuals, 1897-1955 1990; (p. 151-154)
Rest and Recreation 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Gate of Dreams : The Western Mail Annuals, 1897-1955 1990; (p. 120-122)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 1837-3763
Weekly (Saturday)
Vol. 1 no. 1(19 December 1885) - no. 3,403 (20 January 1955)
Continued by:
The Countryman (Perth, W.A.) (1955- )

Christmas supplement (later Christmas or Annual) issue (also published each year from 1897). The annual was still published in 1955 and 1956, following the cessation of regular issues.

Other supplements: State Centenary no. 1929; Centenary of the West Australian (1933); Countryman's Magazine (vol. 1 no. 1 (18 August 1949) - vol. 2 no. 8 (9 April 1951)); Women's Magazine (21 March 1946 - 23 October 1947)

Original price: 6d per issue ; £1 2s 6d per annum
Includes advertising

Has serialised

Gentlemen of Crime, Arthur Gask , 1932 single work novel crime

'[D]etectives with international reputations work with some of the most notorious criminals to unearth a gang of racketeers.'


'Equal to Edgar Wallace's Best', Advertiser, 9 August 1932, p.4.

The 'Lady Macquarie' : The Story of a Very Curious Cruise, John Arthur Barry , 1899 single work short story

Three men looking for a way to reach the new diggings in the Kimberley 'borrow' a boat in which to make the journey.

The Log of the 'Blackbird' Schooner, E. W. Young , F. H. A. Whitcombe , 1899 single work novel
'The Log of the Blackbird Schooner' deals with life and adventure in Australia and the Sonth Seas, and introduces love-making and adventure in a very interesting way' ('News and Notes' Western Mail 11 August 1899, p.4 ).
The Discovery of Christmas Reef, Joseph Furphy , 1908 single work short story
From Billabong to London, Mary Grant Bruce , 1915 single work children's fiction children's

When Jim and Wally want to enlist in the British Army, the people of Billabong pack up and head to London.

From Billabong to the War
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