Centralian Advocate is a bi-weekly newspaper at
Alice Springs in
the Northern Territory, Australia.
Published on Tuesday and Friday, the
Centralian Advocate is part of
News Corp Australia. The newspaper claims a readership of 15,000
people and has an audited circulation of 4401.
1 Early history
2 Production and distribution
Charles "Pop" Chapman: Founder of the Centralian Advocate.
Centralian Advocate was first published on 24 May 1947. The
newspaper was founded by Charles Henry "Pop" Chapman who had made his
fortune gold mining in the Tanami Desert.
The first edition contained a mix of news and opinion from Alice
Springs and around the world. Mention was made of a predecessor, The
Dead Heart, which was described as a "news sheet" that published 30
editions in seven months.
Walter Allan was the inaugural editor. Allan Wauchope was editor and
part-owner in January 1950 when the
Centralian Advocate building on
Railway Terrace was destroyed by fire, causing damage estimated at
£15,000 and prompting the newspaper to criticise the lack of a fire
brigade at that time in Alice Springs.
"I'm writing this story on borrowed paper on a borrowed typewriter,
and that opening sentence seems to me to be the height of irony. As
the authorities of the
Northern Territory Administration know only too
Centralian Advocate has been campaigning ceaselessly for the
installation of a fire brigade in the town, but we didn't bargain upon
being a burnt offering on the altar of the NT Administration's
— Alan Wauchope, Centralian Advocate, 20 January 1950
War hero Jim Bowditch wrote for the newspaper from 1950–54 and later
become editor of the NT News. Bowditch used the newspaper to campaign
for the right of Aboriginal people with white heritage to receive full
Bowditch was active in community affairs through his interests in
politics, theatre and cricket.
Chapman sold the business in April 1949 to Wauchope, Ron Morcom and
Mrs JH McArthur.
There were several other owners before News Corp bought the Centralian
Advocate in 1966.
Production and distribution
Centralian Advocate on the press, November 2014.
Centralian Advocate has at various times been printed in Darwin
and Alice Springs. Printing ceased at
Alice Springs in 2013. The Goss
Community press was dismantled and sold in 2014.
Centralian Advocate is printed in Darwin on a KBA Comet web press
in full colour. It is transported 1500 km by truck to Alice
Springs, which is believed to be one of the longest newspaper delivery
runs in the world.
In addition to Alice Springs, the
Centralian Advocate is available for
purchase at Tennant Creek, Darwin and Ayers Rock. The cover price is
$1.10 on Tuesday and $1.40 on Friday.
Centralian Advocate employs nine journalists, two photographers,
five advertising representatives and two administration workers. It is
one of the few non-daily newspapers in
Australia to have on-site
sub-editors and photographers following widespread cuts at rival
^ News Corp Australia
^ Centralian Advocate, 24 May 1947
^ The Dead Heart passes, Centralian Advocate, 24 May 1947
^ Hamilton, Stephen and Carment, David: The
Northern Territory Press.
Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No.
150, Feb 2014: 56-60.
^ Bowditch storms
Alice Springs and goes into print by Peter Simon,
^ Centralian Advocate, 22 April 1949
Centralian Advocate print shift stops press, ABC News, 5 September
^ Fairfax Media to get rid of subeditors and photographers at regional
papers, The Guardia