Staff con­tin­ues fine tra­di­tion

Own­ers, man­agers, edi­tors and long-serv­ing staff

The Gympie Times - - 150 YEARS OF THE GYMPIE TIMES -

TO­DAY’S ded­i­cated team at The Gympie Times has taken the ba­ton from the hun­dreds of peo­ple who have worked hard to bring the news to res­i­dents of the Gympie re­gion and beyond for 150 years. Great news cov­er­age of lo­cal is­sues and things that mat­ter to our read­ers has been the driv­ing force for ed­i­to­rial, ad­ver­tis­ing and man­age­ment since the first is­sue of the Nashville Times hit the streets of the fledg­ling Gympie gold­field on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, 1868. The news­pa­per, known as The Gympie Times since the 1920s, has seen many changes in own­er­ship over the past cen­tury and a half. In 1869, orig­i­nal own­ers Kid­ner & Co passed the busi­ness into the hands of Her­bert Rogers, James Chap­ple and James Ir­win, mem­bers of the group that brought the first ma­chin­ery across the rugged Conon­dale Range from Ip­swich just five months af­ter the first flash of gold in James Nash’s pan. In 1875, the firm be­came Rogers & Chap­ple on the re­tire­ment of James Ir­win. Al­fred Ge­orge Ramsey, who came from New Zealand and joined the staff soon af­ter the pa­per was es­tab­lished, be­came a part­ner on Novem­ber 1, 1876, the firm be­ing Rogers, Chap­ple & Ramsey. Sub­se­quently, Ja­cob Stumm joined the part­ner­ship and, in 1889, Ramsey and Stumm be­came the sole pro­pri­etors, the part­ner­ship be­com­ing a lim­ited com­pany, Gympie Times Pty Ltd, in 1907. On the death of Stumm (1921) and Ramsey (1926), the re­spec­tive fam­i­lies con­tin­ued as own­ers un­til their in­ter­ests were sold to a lo­cal share­hold­ing com­pany in 1948. Ru­ral Press was the next owner, sell­ing to APN News and Me­dia in 1999. In late 2016, the pa­per was bought by Aus­tralia’s num­ber one me­dia com­pany, News Corp. Man­agers of the com­pany in­cluded Fran­cis Kid­ner (1868-1876), Al­fred Ge­orge Ramsey (1876-1925), Al­bert Stumm (1925-1930), Wal­ter C. Wool­gar (man­ag­ing-ed­i­tor 1930-1947), Thomas Thomp­son (1947-1951), Ira J. W. Pilk­ing­ton (for­merly print­ing depart­ment fore­man 1952-1965), Dud­ley Argus (1965-1976) and Eric Dean (1976-1986, re­tired as Ru­ral Press Print­ing gen­eral man­ager 1991). Then came Bar­rie Maloney, Ivan McNi­choll, Michael Roser, Ja­nine Bues­nel, Pe­ter Den­hert, Pam Bull, David Gib­son, An­drew Smith, Pe­ter Read, Phil Le Petit and cur­rent gen­eral man­ager Tracey McKean. Many jour­nal­ists and prin­ters have done their time on The Gympie Times which, in the first 100 years, had only six edi­tors Her­bert Rogers (1868-1877), Ja­cob Stumm (1877-1913), Al­bert Stumm (1913-1925), Wal­ter C. Wool­gar (1925-1947), Thomas Thomp­son (1947-51) and Terrence B. Ramsey (1952-1976). These highly-re­spected news­pa­per­men were fol­lowed by John Turner (1976), re­placed in the same year by Ron­ald H. Don­ald who re­signed in 1979, the va­cancy be­ing filled in 1979 by Ian Ped­ley. Next came Kevin Pearce who was deputy ed­i­tor from 1984-1986 and ed­i­tor from 1986-1988, Michael Roser (deputy 1986-1988, ed­i­tor 1988-1990, man­ag­ing ed­i­tor 1990-1998, ed­i­tor 1998-2007), Nev McHarg, com­pos­i­tor/prin­ter 1966-1990, deputy ed­i­tor 2000-2007, ed­i­tor 2007-2013), Craig Warhurst (pho­tog­ra­pher 1998-2005, sports ed­i­tor 2007-2010, deputy ed­i­tor 2010-2012, ed­i­tor 2012-2015) and cur­rent ed­i­tor Shel­ley Stra­chan (cadet re­porter 1989-1991, se­nior re­porter 1993-1998, deputy ed­i­tor 2013-2015, ed­i­tor 2015-). The cur­rent man­age­ment, ad­min­is­tra­tion, ed­i­to­rial and ad­ver­tis­ing staff are proud to be part of The Gympie Times’ 150-year his­tory and look for­ward to tak­ing your news­pa­per into the fu­ture.


Cur­rent Ed­i­tor Shel­ley Stra­chan – the first woman at the helm of The Gympie Times ed­i­to­rial team – and man­ager Tracey McKean are lead­ing this vi­brant, award-win­ning daily news­pa­per into the dig­i­tally-driven 21st Cen­tury.

Ian Ped­ley Ed­i­tor 1979-1986 (Look­ing at ‘new’ Gympie Times mast­heads)

I.J.W Pilk­ing­ton Al­most 54 years ser­vice with The Gympie Times in June 1965. Joined the me­chan­i­cal staff in July 1909, be­came fore­man in Novem­ber 1941, ap­pointed man­ager in Au­gust 1952, re­sign­ing that po­si­tion in Fe­bru­ary 1965. From Novem­ber 1963 to June 1965 he was a di­rec­tor of the firm.

T.B. Ramsey Re­tired Septem­ber 4, 1976 af­ter 50 years on the lit­er­ary staff of The Gympie Times, the last 20 years as ed­i­tor.

Wal­ter C. Wool­gar Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor 1930-1947 As­so­ci­ated with The Gympie Times for more than 40 years.

Ja­cob Stumm One of the pro­pri­etors of The Gympie Times 1878-1921 and Ed­i­tor un­til 1913.

A.G. Ramsey One of the pro­pri­etors of The Gympie Times 1876-1926 and Man­ager un­til 1925.

Jim Saun­ders Com­pos­i­tor 1950-2000, re­tired af­ter 50 years of ser­vice to The Gympie Times, span­ning all as­pects of the trade from lino­types to com­put­ers.

Nev McHarg Com­pos­i­tor/prin­ter 1966-1990 Re­porter 1990-2000 Deputy Ed­i­tor 2000-2007 Ed­i­tor 2007-2013

Craig Warhurst Pho­tog­ra­pher 1998-2005 Sports re­porter 2007-2010 Deputy Ed­i­tor 2010-2013 Ed­i­tor 2013-2015

Ron­ald H. Don­ald Started at The Gympie Times in 1945 as a cadet re­porter af­ter leav­ing Gympie High School, aged 16. Ed­i­tor from 1976-1967

James Milne Re­tired Oc­to­ber 5th 1935 Em­ployed on The Gympie Times for 55 years - 1880-1935 over­seer for 51 years.

Michael Roser Deputy Ed­i­tor 1986-1988 Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor and Ed­i­tor 1988-2007

Hugh Weir Re­tired Novem­ber 6, 1941 af­ter 60 years ser­vice on The Gympie Times 1881-1941.

Joseph Solomon Joined Lit­er­ary Staff in 1905 as Town and District rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Re­tired early in 1945 af­ter nearly 40 years with the firm.

Kevin Pearce Deputy Ed­i­tor 1984-1986 Ed­i­tor 1986-1988

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