Staff continues fine tradition
Owners, managers, editors and long-serving staff
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