Kookynie Courier and Gwalia Gazette were outspoken rural journals of late 19th century Western Australia during the gold rushes north of Kalgoorlie – staunch defenders of miners’ rights and civic pride in their burgeoning towns. Eventually gold was harder to find, men went off to war, and railways closed.
The two respected mastheads were then combined under enlightened owner-editor John Lorikeet in 1921. His son George continued the family press dynasty until retiring in 2009, and the business passed into the hands of Sydney entrepreneur and dilettante Peter O’Hara.
His vision was to bring this venerable tradition into the online world of modern technology and spread global wings. Lorikeet became more Wedge-Tail Eagle, purveyor of carrion and other delectable morsels.