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.
'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.
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.