Fairfax Media’s untold stories ready to be uncovered

Thursday 5 April 2018

The public can now access the untold stories – complete with boardroom antics and pressrooms dramas – behind Australia’s largest media company, with the release of the Fairfax Media Business Archive.

The archive, comprising 2,100 boxes of company records spanning 200 years, was donated to the State Library of NSW where staff have spent the last 12 months preparing the content for the public to access.

According to the State Librarian John Vallance, “the State Library is very pleased to be the custodian of this important archive. It takes us from the beginnings of the company in the 1840s as a family business to its position as arguably the world’s oldest media dynasty ‐ before going into receivership in 1990, two months short of 150 years of family ownership.”

“The Fairfax name has been at the heart of Sydney’s political and cultural scene for most of the City’s modern life; researchers, scholars and media students in particular will be very keen to investigate the business files, with many untold stories waiting to be discovered,” says Dr Vallance.

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