Friday, September 23, 2016

Newspaper postage matters - 1891 and 1897

Darling Downs Gazette, Saturday 11 July 1891, page 4

Newspaper Postage

This is a great nuisance. There can be no doubt about that, but the battle can always be safely left to the metropolitan journals. To them it is an unmitigated infliction. Being able to work on a vaster scale, which means more cheaply, than we provincialists, the big dailies, under the fostering care of a paternal Government which carries thousands of tons of such literature free from one end of the land to the other, are able to squash by sheer weight most country organs of public opinion into a woeful state of flatness, so that the raison d'ĂȘtre of these last narrows down into a localism of a mile or two in radius.

With such handicapping it is hard work and requires a lot of watching to keep the stagnant waters of localism from smothering you; to be an organ of opinion extending beyond the span-wide circle; to be the advocate of something besides the interests of the one-street town in which you live, and live. This journal is doing it, or trying hard to, at any rate, but not with impunity. The imposition of post age duty on newspapers will at least have the effect of keeping back the competition of the big dailies in some small degree, but whether that degree be sufficient to compensate for the certain disadvantages and the extra work and worry of the thing is another matter. But as we said already, there is no occasion for us to 'fash' about it. The metropolitans will block the vile, iniquitous and retrogressive measure if it can be done. It will be all that to them, however it may affect the struggling exponent of one divisional board.

Brisbane Courier, Saturday 9 January 1897, page 4

Intercolonial Newspaper Postage

Arrangements have been entered into with the Queensland postal authorities whereby N.S.W. newspapers for circulation in this colony can be posted at Wallangarra. The postage rate will therefore be at the rate of 1d. for every 10oz., as compared with 1⁄2d. for every 2oz. if the newspapers were posted in New South Wales. Under this arrangement the "S. M. Herald" forward the papers for Queensland circulation to their agent at Jennings, who affixes the necessary stamps to them, carries them across the border, and posts them in the Intercolonial mail train.