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Originally promoted in a prospectus dated 8 September 1854 by the Cooke brothers operating under the business name of Messrs. Francis Cooke and Co., General Merchants and Stock Owners, the Age was forty-eight hours from closure before the end of the year. This was avoided by compositors and other staff and supporters banding together to form a co-operative. This arrangement continued until 6 June 1856 when the chief editor Ebenezer Syme bought the paper at auction and became its sole proprietor. (In his biography of David Syme, Ambrose Pratt suggests that the Age was saved from an even earlier closure by its sympathetic coverage of the events at the Eureka Stockade.)

At Ebenezer Syme's death, his brother David Syme took control of the newspaper until his own death in 1908. David Syme left the Age to his wife and sons in trust.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1854
Digitised issues available for the period 17 October 1854 to 29 June 1867, 1 January 1915 to 30 June 1919 and 1 October 1924 to 31 March 1926. (Correct as of 7 October 2014.)

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Stories from a Bygone Age : A Newspaper Memoir John Tidey , Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2018 14693228 2018 multi chapter work criticism

'It was a decade that changed journalism in Australia.

'Between 1966 and 1975 Melbourne’s Age newspaper was transformed by an inspirational editor, Graham Perkin. The venerable old broadsheet, founded in 1854, had already enjoyed a golden era in the 19th century under the legendary David Syme. Now, led by his great-grandson Ranald Macdonald and edited by Perkin, it began a second golden period. The changes they drove – from investigative reporting to design and marketing initiatives – impacted on the newspaper industry around the country. As it had under David Syme, The Age, once again, enjoyed an international reputation.

'This memoir is unashamedly a celebration of a remarkable period at The Age and recalls many of the people who were fortunate enough to work for the newspaper under Perkin and Macdonald.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Age Sybil Nolan , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : A 2014; (p. 12-14)
Elizabeth Morrison's Book is an Insight into David Syme, the Man Who Made the Age Matthew Ricketson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;

— Review of David Syme : Man of the Age Elizabeth Morrison , 2014 single work biography
4 : Silver Jubilee On: And the Beat Goes On (2001–2011) i "GAY TRIAL AN", Javant Biarujia , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry 2014; (p. 51-53) Cordite Poetry Review , no. 46.1 2014;
1. Move On (1981–1983) i "[Chief Justice of the Family Court]", Javant Biarujia , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry 2014; (p. 51-53) Cordite Poetry Review , no. 46.1 2014;
150 Years - A Journey 2004 anthology column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 October 2004;
An illustrated commemorative lift-out consisting of a collection of columns celebrating 150 years of the Age newspaper. The articles include a history of the paper, it's future, the 'daily life' of the newspaper, feature writers and journalists of the past and present and a time line. A painting 'A Journey' was created by Michael Leunig for the cover of the lift-out.
Bringing Books to the Attention of Readers : Kerry White Interviews John Kilner of The Age Education Unit Kerry White (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 20 no. 3 2005; (p. 18-20)
John Kilner is the editor of All About Books, an award winning supplement of the Age Education Unit. The aim of the liftout is to encourage children to be enthusiastic about reading and books. A kit for teachers is also included. There are author and reader interviews, 'pink books', football, humour, articles about writing and other topics.
'Having It All' or 'Had Enough'? Blaming Feminism in the 'Age' and the 'Sydney Morning Herald', 1980-2004 Natasha Campo , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 84 2005; (p. 63-72)
y separately published work icon David Syme : A Life C. E. Sayers , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1965 Z1392656 1965 single work biography
State Leaders Pay Tribute to 'Outstanding' Age Editor David Rood , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 January 2008; (p. 3)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 0312-6307
Vol. 1, no. 1 (17 October 1854)-
Selections of news items and feature columns of some issues available in an electronic version via the Internet at:
  • From 20 August 1989, the Sunday issue published as the Sunday Age.
  • From 2 Feburary 2011, the Saturday issue published as the Saturday Age.

Sunday Life! issued free with the Sunday Age.
In June 2012, Fairfax announced that the size of the Age would change from broadsheet to tabloid size as of 4 March 2013.

Has serialised

Guest in Danger, Mavis Thorpe Clark , single work children's fiction children's

Siblings Pippa, Alan, and Lynne Dawson and their friends Mick and Rob are staying in a Sydney boarding house. While swimming one day, they save an injured English boy from drowning, and hear footsteps running away. While they decided what to do, they take him to recover in their boarding house. The boy proves to have amnesia, and the Dawson family take him to their home at Wallaby Hill. Subsequent adventures include Tim winning a game of rugby for Alan's team (despite not being able to remember if he'd ever played before), attacks on Tim in the street, an abduction by Tim's 'Uncle Albert', Tim running away to keep his friends safe and finding work on an outback farm, a reuniting with the Dawsons, the recovery of Tim's memory after he is deliberately kicked in the head during an important rugby game, embezzlement, and the final confrontation with the would-be assassins, whom 'Tim' lets go after making them promise that they will become good citizens.

Well, Shoot Me Now! Well, Shoot Me Now!, Derek Hansen , single work novel humour
The Grand Prix Murders, Simon Hughes , single work novel
The Business Trip, Andrew Masterson , single work short story
A Girl's Ideal, A. C. , single work novel
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