Townsville Bulletin

The Townsville Bulletin is a daily newspaper published in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, formerly known as the Townsville Daily Bulletin. It is the only daily paper that serves the northern Queensland region. The paper has a print edition, a subscription World Wide Web edition, and a subscription digital edition.[2]

Front page of the Townsville Bulletin
6 October 2007
TypeMonday - Saturday newspaper
Owner(s)News Corp Australia[1]
PublisherQueensland Newspapers
EditorCraig Herbert
HeadquartersTownsville, Australia
Shop 2, 62 Walker St
Townsville QLD 4810
Circulation84,000 Monday-Friday
104,000 Saturday

The newspaper is published by The North Queensland Newspaper Company Pty Ltd, which has been a subsidiary of News Limited since 1984.[3][4] News Limited is Australia's largest newspaper publisher and a subsidiary of News Corporation associated with Rupert Murdoch.

The newspaper employs over 100 people.

The Bulletin is published Monday through Saturday, with a higher price on the Saturday edition.[5] It is in tabloid format. In 2006 the Bulletin had a readership (average) Monday to Friday of 84,000 (up 15.5% on 2005) and weekend readership (avg) of 104,000 (up 1.96% on 2005)[6] and circulation (avg) of 27,187 Monday to Friday, weekend circulation (avg) of 41,814.[7]


The town of Townsville's early newspaper was The Cleveland Bay Herald and Northern Pioneer which came into existence on 3 March 1866, which was soon renamed as the Cleveland Bay Express, and later became the Townsville Herald.[8] The Townsville Bulletin was then established on 5 September 1881 by Edward Rhode, John Kiley Mehan (–1941) and Dodd Smith Clarke (–July 1918).[9][8][10] Rhode, Mehan, and Clarke had previously started a newspaper in Cairns.[11]

Co-founder and first editor Clarke was credited as 'mainly instrumental through his brilliant writings in making the venture the success it proved'.[12][13] It was priced at three pence, a 50% reduction on that of the two other local newspapers, and became a daily publication on 1 January 1883.[10] Out of this, the North Queensland Bulletin was launched as a weekly journal by mid-1883.[10]

With the formation of the Townsville Newspaper Company in 1884, the Townsville Herald was acquired, and later merged into the Bulletin.[10] It would appear as the North Queensland Herald.

The Bulletin offices were first in a premises on the eastern side of Stokes Street, before moving to a larger premises at south-eastern corner of Flinders and Stanley Streets from 1887 to 1896. The company then moved to the south-western corner of the intersection, until November 1908 when they moved further west on Flinders Street to a two-story building.[10] Prior to air conditioning systems, the building was selected for cool air flow, and had installed an electric fan system.

The original newspaper was printed on a double demy Albion hand press, followed about 1883 by a gas engine powering a small single feeder Inglis machine – which printed two pages at a time, resulting in 250 newspapers an hour – before settling on a Cox Duplex rotary self-feeding and folding machine, able to turn out 1000 eight-page broadsheet by 1909.[10] Electricity had also been installed, but with gas lighting maintained in case of emergency.

Staffing-wise, the 1881 start saw three proprietors and a boy; by 1909, eight staff had over twenty years service with the company.[10]

A fire of the premises on 18 October 1912 destroyed much of the newspaper's early records.[14] Described as completely gutted other than for the strong-room, insurance amounts totalled £13,680.[15] The newspaper continued for the moment between the Evening Star and Northern Miner offices.[16]

The Bulletin was later amalgamated with The Northern Miner,[8] and in 1940, it incorporated The Townsville Evening Star.[17]

Modern era

In 1984, the Townsville Daily Bulletin was acquired by News Corp Australia and renamed as the Townsville Bulletin.[17][4]

The newspaper chartered a Boeing 747 to take North Queensland fans to the 2005 NRL grand final, the Cowboys' first.[18]

It was awarded News Limited's Regional Newspaper of the Year in 2009.


  • John Gagliardi, editor, 1970s
  • Geoff Hill, journalist, 1980s.
  • Christopher Mitchell, journalist, 1970s.
  • Alexander Vindex Vennard, writer under the pen names of Bill Bowyang, Frank Reid, and Maurice Deane, 1920s to 1940s. Vennard also wrote for The North Queensland Register.

Aerial photos and maps

Google (1 October 2011). "satellite view of Townsville Bulletin" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 October 2011. (requires Javascript)


The paper has been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program of the National Library of Australia.[19][20]

See also

  • Media in Townsville


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  2. "Townsville Bulletin - Local and Regional News Townsville, Queensland, Australia". The North Queensland Newspaper Company Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. "The North Queensland Newspaper Company Pty. Limited: Private Company Information - BusinessWeek". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. BHP Billiton Our World History Series: Townsville Bulletin, 2013.
  5. "Townsville Bulletin". Archived from the original on 10 March 2007.
  6. "Roy Morgan Research cited by Australian Press Council State of the News Print Media in Australia Report 2006". Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  7. "Audit Bureau of Circulation, Jan-June 2006 cited by Townsville Bulletin - Advertising". Archived from the original on 11 January 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  8. "Early Townsville". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Queensland, Australia. 31 October 1945. p. 7. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  9. "State Library of Western Australia Online Catalogue/All Locations". Government of Western Australia, Department of Health, WA Health Libraries Network. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  10. "Townsville Newspaper Company". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Queensland, Australia. 4 February 1909. p. 2. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  11. "Dodd S. CLARKE". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Queensland, Australia. 25 July 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  12. "Death of D. S. CLARKE". The Northern Herald. Queensland, Australia. 25 July 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  13. "Archival Holdings Home. North Queensland Newspaper Company Archive". James Cook University Library. James Cook University. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  14. "Historical Notes on North Queensland Newspapers". James Cook University Library. James Cook University. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  15. "The Townsville Bulletin Fire". The Northern Miner. Queensland, Australia. 19 October 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  16. "Townsville Bulletin Fire". The Northern Miner. Queensland, Australia. 18 October 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 22 June 2020 via Trove.
  17. "Townsville Daily Bulletin". AusLit. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  18. Baynes, Dan (28 September 2005). "Tigers Face Cowboys as Australia Gets 500/1 NRL Final". Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  19. "Newspaper and magazine titles". Trove. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  20. "Newspaper Digitisation Program". Trove. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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