Dates and information about the Newcastle and Toodyay Herald business and sites from the Toodyay Historical Society chronologies, newspapers and other sources.

Information about the weekly commercial newspaper (1902-1954) and the monthly community newspaper (1984 onwards) is included.

Compiled by Beth Frayne, Toodyay Historical Society.





April 1902

Last Monday evening Mr Charles Dawson, of the firm of Courtney and Dawson, proprietors of the ‘Greenbushes Advocate’, which has been published there for the last three years and which has just closed down, was entertained at the Courthouse Hotel prior to his departure from the district.

Mr J O Hunter presided, and made the presentation to Mr Dawson of a handsome silver-mounted pipe. The health of the recipient was drunk and several speeches made, in which the speakers bore testimony to the high character which Mr Dawson held in the estimation of all who knew him.

Mr Courtney, who was also present, endorsed the complimentary remarks made concerning his late partner, and said that when they entered into partnership, three years ago, the arrangement was only a verbal one between man and man, but throughout the whole of their business connection there had not been the slightest disagreement between them.

Mr Dawson has purchased his late partner's interest in the Advocate printing plant, and proceeds to Newcastle to establish a newspaper at that centre. Mr Courtney is not severing his connection with the district altogether, as he is still a holder of large mining interests on the tinfield.

(WA April 19, 1902, P7)

April 30, 1902

Newcastle is shortly to possess the distinction of a local newspaper. Mr C Dawson, of the firm of Courtney and Dawson, late of the Greenbushes Advocate, is the proprietor.

Premises have been secured, and the plant erected. The first issue is promised for Saturday, May 10.

(WA May 1, 1902 Page 5)

May 10,1902

The Newcastle Herald and Toodyay District Chronicle newspaper commenced. The first Editor and proprietor was Charles Dawson, previously on the staff of the Northam Advertiser.

Prior to Northam, he was a partner in the firm of Courtney and Dawson, late of the Greenbushes Advocate. John Mackay was the other member of staff, who worked for the paper for the first two years.

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