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Publication Details

Illawarra Mercury

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More information about this newspaper title may be available from wikipedia.

Source: Trove [National Library of Australia]

Country: Australia

State: NSW

City: Wollongong

Issues of this title available in Elephind: 8,405

Items (articles and/or pages) from this title available in Elephind: 438,076

Earliest Date: 7 January 1856

Latest Date: 30 June 1950

From wikipedia

Illawarra Mercury masthead
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Fairfax Media
Founded 1855
Political alignment Centre left
Headquarters 21 Auburn Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
ISSN 1443-900X

The Illawarra Mercury is published from Monday to Friday with a weekend edition published on Saturday, in Wollongong, the third largest city in the State of New South Wales, Australia. It has been published since 1855, making it one of Australia's oldest newspapers and the second oldest regional newspaper in New South Wales.[1] It has been published daily since December 1949, and has had no competition since the 1960s.

The Mercury once was jocularly known as The Mockery among residents of the Illawarra region due to its perceived shallowness of coverage and lack of accuracy. As a result it became a running gag on the ABC's Media Watch in the period when Stuart Littlemore hosted the programme, and The Mercury was edited by Peter Cullen. The Mercury is published in the standard Australian tabloid format, with each page having an approximate size of A3.

The paper has often supported Labor at state and federal elections, but backed the Liberal Party for the 2011 New South Wales state election. Alistair Langford-Wilson became editor in April 2012.

The Illawarra Mercury is owned by Fairfax Media, though the newspaper is editorially independent. Fairfax became a major shareholder in 1962 [1] only to later acquire the paper in 1969.
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