Albany Advertiser

The Albany Advertiser, also published as the Australian Advertiser and the Albany Advertiser and Plantagenet and Denmark Post, is a biweekly English language newspaper published for Albany and the Great Southern region in Western Australia.

Albany Advertiser
Front cover of the first issue of the Albany Advertiser
Owner(s)Seven West Media
Founder(s)Lancel Victor De Hamel, William Forster

First published in 1888 as the Australian Advertiser, the paper is still in circulation.[1][2][3] The paper is the oldest continuous-running non-metropolitan newspaper in Western Australia.[4]

The paper is printed twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday, and distributed to towns through the Great Southern region including Albany, Cranbrook, Mount Barker, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Katanning and Walpole.[2]

The office of the newspaper is called Newspaper House and is located in the main street York Street, Albany.


Australian Advertiser co-founder, Lancel Victor de Hamel, arrived in Albany in 1886 and announced his intention to run for mayor. De Hamel was given little support from the only paper in town, the conservative Albany Mail and King George's Sound Advertiser. He then set up a second publication with his partner, William Forster,[5] called the Australian Advertiser which first published on 14 May 1888. Shortly afterward De Hamel was elected as mayor.[6] The Albany Mail was absorbed by the Australian Advertiser September1889.

Forster took over the paper after De Hamel's departure in 1891. He remained the editor of the paper until 1900, when he left to work on the Morning Herald in Perth.[7] After his departure Arthur Catling took over as editor, and the paper moved to a bi-weekly format.[8]

In February 1897 the Australian Advertiser became the Albany Advertiser.[4] From 9 January 1924 until 24 December 1927, it was known as the Albany Advertiser and Plantagenet and Denmark Post.[9]


In the pre-first world war era, the publisher ventured into publication of "Alluring Albany", which was published in three consecutive years with the subtitle of "Handbook for the Port and Back Country and Guide to the Chief West Australian Health Resort".[10][11][12] Photographs from the Advertiser's collection included the 1901 royal visit, the Great White Fleet visit of 1908, as well as Stirling Terrace and local hotels and businesses.

To commemorate Albany's centenary in 1927 a book with many photographs from the earlier volume included, was published.[13]

Histories of the newspaper[14][15] and tourist guides for Albany were also published by the Advertiser.[16][17][18]

Takeover in 1973

The Robert Holmes à Court company, Bell Brothers, acquired the paper in 1973 along with local radio station 6VA.[19]

The paper was taken over by The West Australian at some time prior to 2002; the Advertiser had a circulation of 9,000 per issue in 2003. Last printed in Albany in 2003, the paper was then printed in the suburbs of Perth, firstly in Victoria Park and since 2006 in Herdsman.[20]

In 1981 a fire damaged the building occupied by the Advertiser.[21]

The paper is currently owned by Seven West Media along with other Western Australian publications including The West Australian.[22]

Circulation in 2013 was 5,576 per issue.[20]


Issues (1897 - 1950) of this newspaper have been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program,[23] a project of the National Library of Australia in cooperation with the State Library of Western Australia.

Hard copy and microfilm copies of the Albany Advertiser are also available at the State Library of Western Australia.[9]

See also


  1. Battye, J. S (1985), The cyclopedia of Western Australia : an historical and commercial review, descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations : an epitome of (Facsim ed.), Hesperian Press, p. 591, ISBN 978-0-85905-072-2
  2. "West Australian Regional Newspapers - Albany Advertiser". The West Australian. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. Biggins, Leonie; Erickson, Rica, 1908-; Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies; Australia. Department of Aboriginal Affairs; J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History; Dictionary of Western Australians. Aboriginal Volumes Committee; Western Australian College of Advanced Education. Department of Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies (1987), Index to Australian Advertiser (Albany), 8 June 1888 - 9 December 1892, The Dept. of Aboriginal & Intercultural Studies of the W.A.C.A.E, retrieved 15 August 2018CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Josh Nyman (19 June 2013). "Celebrating 125 years - Albany Advertiser has a rich history". Yahoo 7. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  5. "Access to Early WA Regional Newspapers: Pre-Federation to 1905" (PDF). State Library of Western Australia. 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  6. Donald Garden (1981). "de Hamel, Lancel Victor (1849–1894)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  7. Wendy Birman (2005). "Forster, William Frear (1857–1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  8. Battye, James Sykes (1985). The Cyclopedia of Western Australia. Carlisle: Hesperian Press. pp. 590–591. ISBN 0859050726.
  9. "Catalogue". State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  10. Alluring Albany : handbook for the port and back country and guide to the chief West Australian health resort (1st year of publication ed.), W.F. Forster & Co, 1910, retrieved 3 February 2017
  11. Alluring Albany : handbook for the port and back country and guide to the chief West Australian health resort, W.F. Forster, 1911, retrieved 3 February 2017
  12. W.F. Forster & Co (1912), Alluring Albany : handbook for the port and back country and guide to the chief West Australian health resort (3rd year of publication ed.), W.F. Forster & Co, retrieved 3 February 2017
  13. Albany Centenary Committee; W.F. Forster & Co (1927), Centenary of Western Australia : Albany, 1827-1927 : to commemorate the first settlement of Western Australia by Major Lockyer, H.M. 57th Regiment, who hoisted the British flag at Albany on 21st January, 1827, W.F. Forster, retrieved 3 February 2017
  14. Albany Advertiser (2003), Albany Advertiser : 1888-2003 : 115 years of news, Albany Advertiser, retrieved 4 February 2017
  15. Albany Advertiser (1962), Are you clued-up on Albany and the Albany advertiser?, Albany, retrieved 4 February 2017
  16. Albany Advertiser (1969), Albany, Western Australia, retrieved 4 February 2017
  17. Albany Advertiser (1930), [Western Australia's gem in a granite setting : season 1929-30], Albany Advertiser, retrieved 4 February 2017
  18. Albany Advertiser; Southern Regional Tourism Association (1992), Your invitation to experience the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, Albany Advertiser, retrieved 4 February 2017
  19. Daniel Hatch (26 January 2015). "Albany paper looks to broadcast". Yahoo7. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  20. "Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter - Issue 73" (PDF). July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  21. Toby Hussey (27 November 2018). "Groundsman's metal find an elaborate hoax". Albany Advertiser. Seven West Media]]. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  22. Liz Newell (4 July 2012). "Newspaper chief has confidence in future". Yahoo7. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  23. "Newspaper Digitisation Program". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
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