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Western Australian Newspapers: Landmarks


This chronology is indicative only. It covers -

  • Antecedents (1883)
  • WAN formed (1926)
  • Under Bell and Bond (1987)
  • Independence (1991)

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline on this site.


1833 Charles Macfaull launches Perth Gazette & Western Journal

1846 becomes the Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News

1879 becomes The West Australian Times under new owners

1885 becomes daily The West Australian

WAN formed

1926 West Australian Newspapers Ltd (WAN) formed as a public company, inc stake held by Keith Murdoch and Herald & Weekly Times (H&WT)

1953 WAN buys The Daily News

1969 H&WT buys West Australian Newspapers Ltd

1986 Bell Publishing Group Ltd was established by Robert Holmes a Court, launches Western Mail

Under Bell and Bond

1987 Bell Publishing gains control of WA Newspapers following Murdoch's takeover of H&WT

1987 control passes to Bond Corporation

1989 Bond Corporation Holdings announces $980m loss

1989 Bond group goes into receivership

1991 receivers take charge of Bell Group, Bell Resources and Bell Publishing


1991 receivers float WA Newspapers for about $220m

2004 WAN buys 50% of Hoyts cinema chain from Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) for $173m

2006 Stokes' Seven buys 14.9% of WAN