In November 1896, when William McIlwraith's partnership with S. W. Hartley ended, John Blair became joint proprietor of The Morning Bulletin with McIlwraith. When Blair died, the Dunn family, headed by Andrew Dunn (Snr) bought a controlling interest in the paper. Dunn installed his eldest son, Andrew Dunn (Jnr) as editor, and third son William Dunn as chief-of-staff. After WWII, Dunn's second son, James McIntyre Dunn became business manager.
'The story centres round the family establishment of Sir Peter Brace, his daughter, Enid, his butler, Spencer, and his Chinese cook, Lee Wang. Sir Peter is an English aristocrat, dispossessed of his family property at home, and determined to make his fortune by big business in New Zealand. He is, however, ruthlessly opposed 'by 'the Ryan crowd,' whose real identity no one can discover. By a series of machinations, in which Enid's lover, Eric Aimsbury, becomes involved, Sir Peter is reduced from his attitude of unremitting despotism to one of abject humility. Tlie identity of 'The Decker,' who murders men on a wholesale scale, after first sending them a warning sign, is dramatically revealed. Sir Peter finds that he has had enemies within his own household, and is forced to surrender and ultimately goes on the land. Enid gets her man and so everything ends happily.'
'Australiana', West Australian, 30 May 1931, p.4.
"Old Programmes" was the series title of a weekly "Theatrical Records" column devoted to historical insights and memoir relating to Rockhampton. Written under the nom deplume, 'Athos,' and published in the Saturday edition of the Morning Bulletin between 9 September 1933 and 13 February 1937, the series totaled 163 installments in all. The range of subjects covers in expansive and includes information about touring variety and legitimate theatre troupes (Australian and international), local amateur dramatic societies, Rockhampton theatres, events (including yearly Show weeks) and theatrical history etc.
[Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive]
'Scobie Lawson had never gone looking for trouble; if he had been given to taking care of pets, he would have been sur- rounded by doves, vultures, and other emblems of what now passes for peace. But even abroad he had been unable to pursue the even tenor of everyone else's way. He had been clunked on the head by New York cops for inciting a riot at the Polo Grounds by unwisely rooting for the Dodgers; had been thrown on his back by a Paris gendarme whose Gallic wit hadn't appreciated the humour in being bowled over by a bicycle and he had been roughly handled by three London bobbies, who had at the same time managed to retain their traditional politeness towards overseas visitors, even towards one who, inebriated and unclothed, had just been found bathing under the fountains in Trafalgar Square. Now, Scobie was on his way home to Cawndilla, where there was only one policeman and he was a friend of the family, if not of Scobie. If trouble had to come, and Scobie was resigned to it, then it was better that it came close to home, where it was easier to raise bail.'
Source: First Instalment, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 13 February 1954, p.12