The Western Mail, or Western Mail, was the name of two weekly newspapers published in Perth, Western Australia.
The first Western Mail was published between 19 December 1885 and 23 October 1896 as a joint venture by Charles Harper and John Winthrop Hackett, the co-owners of The West Australian, the State's major daily paper. It was printed by James Gibbney at the paper's office in St Georges Terrace, Perth.
Considerable numbers of regional and local newspapers in Western Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included the word 'Mail' in their names
In 1901, in the publication Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia a history of the early days of the West Australian and the Western Mail were published
In the 1920s the The West Australian employed its first permanent photographer Fred Flood, many of his photographs were featured in the Western Mail
In 1933 it celebrated its first use of photographs in 1897 in a West Australian article
The Western Mail Annual editions (1897–1955) carried significant collections of Western Australia art, photography and writing
West Australian Newspapers management experimented with a variety of formats in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including the Weekend Mail for five years (see publication details below).
The newspaper was renamed to The Countryman on 27 January 1955.
However, the name Western Mail was recycled for a last Christmas Annual in 1956.
In 1980 the name was resurrected for a new weekly, published by Western Mail Limited. The push for a new paper was made by Robert Holmes à Court and Bell Group following his failed takeover attempt of The Times (UK).
The venture was wound up in 1988.
The Western Mail. Perth, W.A: West Australian Newspapers.Vol. 1, no. 1 (19 December 1885) – Vol. 70, no. 3403 (20 January 1955)
Days of issues
Weekly on Thursday 3 July 1919 – 20 January 1955.
Weekly on Friday 27 September 1912 – 27 June 1919.
Weekly on Saturday 16 September 1899 – 21 September 1912.
Weekly on Friday 21 June 1895 – 8 September 1899.
Weekly on Saturday 19 December. 1885 – 15 June 1895.
Special Issues and supplements
Annual Christmas edition – 1897–1956
State Centenary Number of the Western Mail, 4 July 1929 (including a colour reproduction of the painting 'The Founding of Perth' by G. Pitt Morison, and a historical calendar of the state)
Centenary of the West Australian 1933
Countryman's Magazine (Vol. 1, no. 1 (18 August 1949) – Vol. 2, No. 8 (9 April 1951)
Women's Magazine (21 March 1946 – 23 October 1947)
Weekend Mail. Perth [W.A.]
West Australian Newspapers Ltd.
Known as Weekend Mail – TV from 5 September 1959 to 1960.
Vol. 1, No. 1 (22 January 1955)-v. 6, No. 290 (30 July 1960).
Weekly on Saturday.
Annual supplement: Weekend Mail Annual (1955–1960)
The Western Mail, Perth, W.A : Western Mail Ltd., 1980–1988.Vol. 1, No. 1 (8 November 1980) – No. 374 (31 December – 3 January 1988).
Weekly on Saturday.
1944: Malcolm Uren