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Education and Journalism in Nineteenth Century Charters Towers

  • Glenn A. Davies

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The colonial editor enjoyed a privileged position in nineteenth century Queensland, and through the newspaper editorial provided a regular social and political commentary. An analysis of the character and influences of an editor provides valuable insights into the forces that shaped the community and, at times, the colony. In the second half of the nineteenth century a popular vocation for many men with at least a passing education was journalism. Their creative spirits were to find an outlet in the plethora of provincial papers. In this whirlwind of journals, papers, and issues, it was Thadeus O'Kane of Charters Towers who stood head and shoulders above his scribbler peers. O'Kane was to be an inspiration to his colonial colleagues as a provincial catalyst for polemical discussions on the many popular political and social treatises and ideas of the late nineteenth century.

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1 Queenslander, 10 March 1866.

2 Green, H.M.. A History of Australian Literature Vol 1. (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1961), 124. See also R. Kirkpatrick, Sworn to No Master (Toowoomba: Darling Downs Institute Press, 1984), 272; J. Manion, Paper Power in North Queensland (Townsville: North Queensland Newspaper, 1982) 14.

3 Cryle, D., The Press in Colonial Queensland: A Social and Political History 1845–1875 (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989) 2.

4 Manion, Paper Power in North Queensland, 149.

5 Browne, R.S., A Journalist's Memories (Brisbane: The Read Press, 1927), 5.

6 Browne, A Journalist's Memories, 5.

7 Stoodley, J. & Gibbney, H.J., ‘Thadeus O'Kane’ in Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 5 (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 1974), 362.

8 Northern Miner, 26 February 1880.

9 Manion, 228.

10 Kirkpatrick, Sworn to No Master, 279.

11 Northern Miner, 20 November 1883; 29 November 1883; 14 March 1882; 19 June 1884.

12 Northern Miner, 2 July 1881; 22 June 1882; 22 July 1882; 11 January 1883; 19 & 30 November 1883; 13 December 1883 & 8 September 1885.

13 Northern Miner, 4 March 1880; 1 August 1882; 21 September 1882; 14 & 26 October 1882; 16 December 1882 & 20 January 1883.

14 Northern Miner, 25 July 1885.

15 Northern Miner, 12 May 1883 & 1 December 1883.

16 Northern Miner, 22 February 1889.

17 Hayston, S., ‘Interaction of Religion and Society in Charters Towers 1872–1900’ B.Ed-BA Honours dissertation, James Cook University of North Queensland, 1976, 110.

18 Hayston, 129.

19 Northern Miner, 29 November 1886; 19 September 1890.

20 Northern Miner, 29 November 1886; 22 August 1887 & 19 September 1890.

21 Rayner, K., ‘The History of the Church of England in Queensland’ Ph.D.dissertation, University of Queensland, 1962, 402.

22 Northern Miner, 16 August 1881. See also Leader, Northern Miner, 2 May 1882.

Education and Journalism in Nineteenth Century Charters Towers

  • Glenn A. Davies

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