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Paper Emperors
Paper Emperors

Paper Emperors

The rise of Australia's newspaper empires


672 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $39.99 (US $39.99) (CA $53.99)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781742234984

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

University of New South Wales Press (Jun 2019)


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Before newspapers were ravaged by the digital age, they were a powerful force. This magisterial book reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and political history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, it explains how Australia's media system came to be dominated by a handful of empires and powerful family dynasties. The book begins in 1803 with Australia's first newspaper owner—a convict who became a wealthy bank owner. Throughout the 20th century, Australians were unaware that they were reading newspapers owned by failed land boomers, powerful mining magnates, gangsters, bankers, and corporate titans.

Author Biography

Sally Young is Professor of Political Science at the U. of Melbourne. Sally is a regular media commentator and wrote a monthly column for the Age between 2013-15.