Symposium: The Fairfax Media Archive

Past Event

Friday, 10 August 2018 - 9am to 5pm

Symposium: The Fairfax Media Archive

Keynote: Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor of Media, Macquarie University


Please Note: The timing of this event has been extended from 10am-4pm to 9am-5pm


The Fairfax media organisation has played a pivotal role in the history of the media in Australia. In 2017, the Library became the custodian of this extensive business archive covering the activities of the organisation and its employees from the 1840s to the 1990s. Fairfax acquired a number of media companies, and managed a diverse portfolio, including radio. The archive has rich, deep and diverse research value; it is the most significant and comprehensive media business archive in Australia.

This forum brings together contemporary researchers working on various aspects of Australian media, publishing history, print culture and the digital humanities.



9.00 – 9.20: Welcome and Opening Remarks, with Mr John B Fairfax AO

9.20 – 10.00: The Fairfax Media Archive: an Overview, with Mr Peter Arfanis, archivist at the State Library of New South Wales

10.00 – 10.30: The Age Poll / Herald Survey and the Fairfax Archive, with Emeritus Professor Murray Goot

10.30 – 11.00: Morning Tea (self catered)

11.00 – 11.30: The Great Paper Chase: Australian newspapers and their long struggle to make newsprint, with Professor Sally Young

11.30 – 12.00: The Rivers Still Run: Gold in the Fairfax Archive, with Dr Margaret Van Heekeren

12.00 – 12:50: Keynote Address: Keeping Company: Encountering the Fairfax Media Archive, with Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley

12.50 – 1.50: Catered lunch and Materials Viewing

1.50 – 2.20: Fearless: Kate McClymont, with Dr Willa McDonald

2.20 – 2.50: The Body Politic, with Mr Ward O’Neill

2.50 – 3.20: From Cadet to Literary Editor, with Ms Susan Wyndham

3.20 – 3.50: Afternoon Tea (self catered)

3.50 – 4.50: Facilitated Panel Discussion with Q&A, with Dr Rachel Franks

4.50 – 5.00: Closing Remarks: What Next?

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