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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
Braidwood paper, too, even though Woods said he was not interested. Newton asked, "Well, how much will you give me for it?" Woods replied: "Ten dollars." "It's yours," said New- ton. The Bradley/Woods part- nership bought it, but did not republish under that banner. They arranged a bank cheque and by 11am Saturday had added The Bega District News, The Moruya Examiner and The Eden Voice to their stable of pa- pers. A hard sea-change All three papers were due to be published the next week, but "they had no plant, no staff, no nothing, which was pretty much the way Maxwell Newton had run all of them." Jim Woods remembers hopping in the car and driving off down the coast with Arthur and Jack Bradley. Arthur Bradley was clicking his camera at scenes of pelicans and places as they went along -- anything to fill quickly their newly acquired publications. For the first year, the Bega and Eden papers were type- set in Bega, driven to Merim- bula and flown to Canberra for composing and printing at The Queanbeyan Age. Southern Publishers Pty Ltd was estab- lished to run the papers. Carl Egan was installed as manag- ing editor. Colin Lord became a thorn in the side of the South Coast newspaper operations of the Bradley and Woods families. In mid-1971 he snatched control of the Southern Star, Moruya, when the Bradleys and Jim Woods were keenly interested. Bert and Joyce Royall estab- lished the Southern Star on May 6, 1970, but Bert's health dete- riorated and he died on May 13, 1971. Meanwhile, on February 10, 1971, Lord had established the Eurobodalla Independ- ent to create a three-way news- paper battle in Moruya. Battle for Moruya From July 1, Colin Lord ob- tained a controlling interest in The Star from under the noses of the Bradley/Woods partner- ship, which bought The Moru- ya Examiner from Newton on July 10. Lord took a 60 per cent interest in the Star and Joyce Royall retained a 40 per cent interest. Lord's five-month-old Eurobodalla Independent was closed after the issue of July 21 and incorporated in the South- ern Star. Gary Schofield, the editor of The Southern Star, took 'a dim view' of Joyce Royall's partner- ship with Lord. He had edited the Royall's Mareeba paper and had been offered The Star edi- torship when the Royalls decid- ed to start a Moruya paper. When the Bradley/Woods partnership began struggling with its South Coast invest- ments, The Moruya Examiner became available and a Na- rooma property owner, Ted Street of Street's Ice Cream, offered to lend Schofield the $4,000 needed to buy the mast- head. Gary and Susan Schofield became the owners on Novem- ber 1, 1971, and continued to have the paper printed at The Queanbeyan Age. Schofield sold it back to the Bradleys and Woods in December 1975. The Southern Star gave Lord a stepping stone into Bega. Al- lan McGregor resigned as editor of The Bega District News and Lord struck. On October 13, 1971, he established the Bega District Times, with McGregor as editor, and set his advertis- ing rates well below those of The Bega District News. From that time Lord "greatly under- mined the potential and devel- opment of the newspapers that Southern Publishers Pty Ltd had acquired." In 1972 the original The Can- berra Times press had been re- located from The Queanbeyan Age to the Southern Publishers office in Bega. With the under- cutting operations and the dif- ficulties of finding a good edi- tor and manager, the company experienced severe financial problems. The end is nigh Profitability improved once John Leach, a former Brisbane Courier-Mail journalist, be- came the managing editor. In May 1984 the Bradleys and Jim Woods refused an offer from John Fairfax and Sons to ac- quire a 25 to 50 per cent inter- est in Southern Publishers but accepted an offer in January 1985 from Armati's Macquarie Publications for the whole company. Jim Woods says the opportu- nity to sell Southern Publishers came when Armati bought The South West News, Young, from the Bradleys, Woods, Barry Clarke and the Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser. The Bradley- Woods partnership had taken a majority interest in the Young paper in 1978. Extensive Bradley family in- terests in NSW provincial news- papers ceased on 28 September 1990 when Rural Press Ltd ac- quired J.A. Bradley (Holdings) Limited. With the sale went the mastheads of the Cootamundra Herald, The Harden Murrum- burrah Express, The Boorowa News, The Eastern Riverina Ob- server, The Holbrook Courier and a minority interest in the West Wyalong Advocate. The Bradley families and the Woods family later sold to RPL their interests in The Quean- beyan Age (December 21, 1994) and the Crookwell Gazette (De- cember 31, 1995). rod Kirkpatrick is the Program Director, Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication, 56 | PaNPa bULLETIN May 2006 HISTORy bob (left) and Jim Woods, son and father, side by side in front of an old Linotype machine at the Queanbeyan Printing Museum, just as they were for nearly 40 years at the Queanbeyan age, which began in 1860. Jim was managing editor and chairman of directors of the paper and b ob was the photographer and advertising manager. New life for old machinery and old printers at Queanbeyan