'Office boys' or intellectuals? Sydney Morning Herald editors from 1903-1937

Margaret van Heekeren

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This article focuses on the two men who edited Australia's oldest newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, from 1903 to 1937, Thomas William Heney and Charles Brunsdon Fletcher. The article contributes to a developing area of historical media research in Australia that explores the notion of newspaper editors as intellectuals. It finds that amid a background of developing nationhood, world turmoil and a perceived intellectual vacuum in the Australian press, these editors contributed to debate about Australian identity and international relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journalism Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Journalism history
  • Australian journalism
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Public Intellectuals


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