Westralian Worker

The Westralian Worker was a newspaper established in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1900 and published until its demise in 1951 in Perth, Western Australia.

Westralian Worker
Official organ of the WA Labor Party
Ceased publication22 June 1951


It was established as the Official organ of the Western Australian Labor Party — with the subtitle of "A journal devoted to the interest of trade unionism, co-operation and labour in politics".[1][2]

In April 1912 it was moved to Perth and was published by the Westralian Worker Printing and Publishing Company. The company also published union books and pamphlets as well as the Westralian Worker.[3] It was also known as the People's Printing and Publishing Company.[4]

Printers mark found on rear of railway union booklet circa 1935

The newspaper attempted to balance views between conscriptionists and anti-conscriptionists in World War I, but eventually became a mouthpiece for the anti-conscriptionists.[5]

The editorial policy included tackling perceived biases of other Western Australian newspapers.[6]

The newspaper was based in Holman House.[7]

Notable editorsEdit

Publishing detailsEdit

  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (7 Sept. 1900)-no. 2219 (Friday, 22 June 1951)[9][10]


  1. ^ Australian Labor Party. Western Australian Branch (1885), Records of the Australian Labor Party WA Branch, retrieved 12 March 2013 for an example of the Newspaper archives and the ALP
  2. ^ Menagh, C. E (1900), "Westralian worker" and the AWU, retrieved 4 October 2016
  3. ^ Westralian Worker (1920), Collection of miscellaneous political and trade union pamphlets printed by the Westralian Worker press c.1920-1950, Westralian Worker, retrieved 18 March 2013
  4. ^ People's Printing and Publishing Company of Western Australia; Australian Labor Party. Western Australian Branch (1906), Records, retrieved 4 October 2016
  5. ^ Corr, Robert; Notre Dame University (2003). Sitting on the rail: the Westralian worker in wartime (Thesis). Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ "WHAT THE "MINER" DOESN'T PRINT!". Westralian Worker (2123). Western Australia. 22 July 1949. p. 9. Retrieved 4 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/24883/20140514-0733/john.curtin.edu.au/journalist/workerb.html Picture of Holman House front with Worker sign
  8. ^ "Westralian Worker Editor - Cigarette Box presented by Worker Staff to John Curtin". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  9. ^ Australian Labor Party. Western Australian Branch (1900), The Westralian worker, Milsons Point, W. & F. Pascoe Pty. Ltd, ISSN 2203-0204 - microfilm
  10. ^ http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/title/741 online form details

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