Empire (newspaper)

The Empire was a newspaper published in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was published from 28 December 1850 to 14 February 1875, except for the period from 28 August 1858 to 23 May 1859, when publication was suspended.[1] It was later absorbed by The Evening News.

Front cover of first issue of the Empire, 28 December 1850
Founder(s)Henry Parkes
Founded28 December 1850 (1850-12-28)
Ceased publication14 February 1875 (1875-02-14)
CitySydney, New South Wales
Sister newspapersThe Evening News


Henry Parkes founded the Empire and was its editor/proprietor until the business failed in August 1858.[2] He made it "a newspaper destined to be the chief organ of mid-century liberalism and to serve as the rallying and reconciliation point for the sharpest radical and liberal minds of the day".[2]

The paper was bought by Samuel Bennett and William Hanson and resumed publication in May 1859 with the promise that "The Empire … will continue under the new management to advocate the same great principles by which it has hitherto been distinguished".[3] In 1875 labour difficulties forced Bennett to merge the Empire with another of his papers, the Evening News.[3] The Evening News continued to be published until 1931 at which point it was closed by Associated Newspapers, which had acquired most Sydney newspaper titles by that time.[4]


The paper has been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program project of the National Library of Australia.[5][6][7]

See also


  1. National Library of Australia accessed 13 October 2012
  2. Martin, A. W. "Parkes, Sir Henry (1815–96)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  3. Bryce, Merilyn J. "Bennett, Samuel (1815–1878)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  4. Isaacs, Victor (2003). Two hundred years of Sydney newspapers: a short history (PDF). North Richmond: Rural Press. p. 15.
  5. "Newspaper and magazine titles". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. "Newspaper Digitisation Program". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. Brown, Jerelynn (2011). "Tabloids in the State Library of NSW collection: A reflection of life in Australia". Australian Journal of Communication. 38 (2): 107–121.
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