Long before Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black and Robert Maxwell built their enormous publishing empires Brisbane had The Telegraph and Theophilus Parsons Pugh (1831–1896).
Now, I don’t know enough about the history of the Telegraph to be able to say it was free of scandal (something that seems to have dogged a number of todays media baron’s) but I do know it served the people of Brisbane for over a hundred years (1872-1988). And that it has been said that in its day it was recognised as one of the best news pictorial papers in the country.
All that remains of their offices at 93 Queen St in the city is this impressive facade (now part of the Myer Centre). As for Theophilus Parsons Pugh, well he was the first editor of the paper back in 1872. And I wonder what he would have thought had he known that the Telegraph together with the Morton Bay Courier, another paper that he worked for were to become part of Queensland Newspapers, now News Corporation.