|Page One of the first edition on November 19, 1939.|
Three years later (1942), it was converted to a tabloid to overcome rationing of newsprint.
Packer reigned supreme over the paper until he made a decision to sell the paper and The Daily Telegraph to Rupert Murdoch and News Limited. it has been in his hands ever since.
I recently managed to get a scan of the cover of its 50th Anniversary Edition in 1989, which happened to be November 19, 1989.
|50th Anniversary Edition published on November 19, 1989.|
From its beginning in 1939 the paper has grown to be the biggest selling newspaper in Australia. As of mid 2014, approximately 488 500 copies are printed each week with a readership of 1.3 million people.
While it is a Sydney newspaper, the paper itself is widely available on Sundays in the ACT, Victoria and Queensland. I believe that it stemmed from the merger of the paper with The Sunday Australian in 1972.