Peripheral Politics? Antipodean Interventions in Imperial News and Cable Communication (1870–1912)

  • Denis Cryle
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


A study of the historical evolution of trans-Tasman press and cable connections within the British imperial context, such as is proposed here, requires from the outset a broad conceptual framework, including an understanding of recent communication historiography and of the ways in which it addresses contemporary concerns with globalisation, information flows and media convergence. The insights of the Canadian economic historian and communication pioneer Harold Innis1 remain a valuable point of departure for this purpose. In the wake of Geoffrey Blainey’s2 similar preoccupation with the tyranny of distance, recent work by Australian and New Zealand communication scholars3 has been informed by similar geographical concerns. Osborne and Cryle observe in the preface to their special Australasian Media History issue of 2002 that:

[Perhaps] more important than quantity is the need to reconceptualise Australian media history to acknowledge more clearly its dependent interconnections with broader Australian historical experience and to relocate it more substantially within the larger framework of Australian reconnections with larger worlds.4


Cable Communication Sydney Morning Cable News Colonial Press Media Convergence 
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