Goodbye to the Telegraph newspaper

A monthly update from the Enoggera & Districts Historical Society Inc

‘TE-LE! PA-PER!’ was a popular cry heard on our local streets for decades by news sellers touting Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper.

‘The Tele’ was a local institution, an afternoon newspaper that was published for 116 years. The first edition from the paper’s Queen Street premises came out on 1st October 1872. It contained 4 pages and had a print run of 200 copies.

In 1963 the Tele’s base moved to 41 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills. The final Telegraph came out on Friday, 5 February 1988 – so 33 years ago this month. Its demise was hastened by a tougher business environment, and much restructuring and rationalisation going on at the time in Australia’s media sector.

The final front page headline was ‘$6 pay rise for all’. The sports pages at the back covered stories about Wally Lewis and the Brisbane Broncos, who were about to play their very first match in the then NSW rugby league competition (now the NRL).

The last front cover to be published for the Telegraph

In the TV section, shows broadcast at the time included ‘MacGyver’, ‘Carroll at 7’, ‘Sale of the Century’ and ‘Highway to Heaven’. On the movie pages you could check out session times for ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’.

We’d love to hear memories from Everton and Hills region residents about the Telegraph. Does anyone out there still have copies, including of the final edition from February 1988? Please get in touch. Visit our Facebook page or email

The Enoggera and Districts Historical Society’s local history display is open for public viewing each Thursday from 9.30am to 1pm. Location is the Enoggera Memorial Hall with access via Trundle Street.

Take care, everyone.

Andrew McMicking


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