OUR TOWN: The Daily News has its finger on the pulse of Warwick to share the stories that matter most to our community.
OUR TOWN: The Daily News has its finger on the pulse of Warwick to share the stories that matter most to our community. Contributed

100 YEARS: Today marks a huge day in your paper's history

FLICKING through each edition of the Warwick Daily News is a peek at a little piece of the town's history, a snippet of the issues that matter most to the community and the people who are making a difference.

For the past 100 years the WDN has thrived as a daily news source, surviving changes in the media landscape to prove there is a place for consistent community news.

Today is the anniversary of where it all began.

The precursors of the Daily News were the Warwick Argus, launched in 1864 and the Warwick Examiner and Times, dating from 1867.

In February 1919 the decision was made to merge the two publications into one, under the new masthead of the Warwick Daily News, to be published Monday to Saturday.

The Daily News was there through Vincent O'Dempsey's murder trial.
The Daily News was there through Vincent O'Dempsey's murder trial.

For more than half the lifetime of the Daily, Ron Bryant was working to put the paper together.

Working as a typesetter, he saw linotype replaced by computerised methods and operated from the paper's original headquarters on Palmerin St in the shopfront now occupied by Little Gallery Cafe.

"It was two storeys, up the top was the journalists and the advertising department, downstairs was the press,” he said.

"In winter time the drunks used to come in and sleep beside the linotypes because the melting pots were gas- fired and it was warm.”

To this day the Daily News still takes pride of place on breakfast tables around town, but can also be reached through a website and social media.

Stories of the worst drought in history have been documented.
Stories of the worst drought in history have been documented. Marian Faa

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie has a personal subscription to the Daily, saying the paper's ability to adapt has enabled it to thrive.

"One of the things people in regional Queensland are looking for is what's happening in their community,” she said.

"It's good to have unbiased, high quality news like what's in the Warwick Daily News.

"It's a bright newspaper and it's filled with a variety stories and community news.”

Cr Dobie, whose uncle Ken Eather held a job at the Daily News for his entire working life, said one of the major achievements of the paper was surviving as a daily publication.

"That is huge in Australia, we take things like that for granted,” Cr Dobie said.

"Having a newspaper that provides social media and hard copy means that you are providing a good source of information.”



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