Still going Strong!
By JOHN F BOOTH AM
Editor, The Weekly Times
This week we celebrate another milestone in the journey of The Weekly Times turning 96 on Friday September 1.
Firstly I would like to thank all our myriad of faithful readers and supporters without who all would be futile and unrewarding.
Secondly I would like to thank all our faithful advertisers without whom the costly production of our weekly missive would not be possible.
And thirdly, but my no means lastly, I would like to thank all our committed and trusted team members from front desk to sales representatives, journalists, office staff, graphic artists and typesetters, printers and delivery personnel. Without you none of this would be possible.
Our First Paper Boy Celebrates 104 n.o.
ARTHUR MASHFORD of Boronia Park Hunters Hill is a spritely 104 years young and was The Weekly Times first paper boy.
“I was twelve years old and the founder and first owner of The Weekly Times Mr Charles Engisch offered me one s hilling and six pence to deliver a bundle of newspapers in Boronia Park after school starting at Pittwater Road”, Arthur recalled.
He has fond memories of editor Charles Engisch who he described as a true gentleman who had respect for others and was kind hearted.
“If he had one fault it was that he was often too kind. He trusted everyone and was not very worldly wise”, Arthur said.
TWT founder ‘strong passionate fighter’
On September 1 1921 a World War 1 veteran named Charles Halliday Engisch established an independent community newspaper to be known as The Weekly Times.
Charles became a strong, passionate and vocal fighter for his local community recalled Bennelong MP John Alexander in a speech in Federal Parliament and recorded in Hansard for posterity.
He continued: In 1979 a local champion, with a ceaseless grin and ink in his veins by the name of John Francis Booth became the new owner and standard bearer of The Weekly Times.
Charles Engisch may have been TWT’s founder and its reason for being, but John Booth has cemented himself as the lifeblood and the heart and soul of this community paper.
JB is ably helped by a team of dedicated workers and volunteers with Ulrike Eichmeyer, Greg Turner and Chris Karas to name a few. Their efforts and passion for their community and paper have led to TWT being conferred a string of awards over the past decade.
As the representative of the people of Bennelong I thank and congratulate JB, Ulrike and all of the team for a wonderful achievement.
Historic First Edition in 1921
First edition of The Weekly Times September 1, 1921
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