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Celebrating 30 years of VicNews

In August 1992, VicNews (The Victorian News) was granted an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of 1038-6971.

In August 1992, VicNews (The Victorian News) was granted an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of 1038-6971.

VicNews was produced by the-then 14-year-old Ashley Geelan and his high school friends Tim Bryce, Murat Yildiz and Stephen Damos and Travis Beattie with assistance from Montmorency Secondary College’s media teacher Mr Ian Toohill and senior librarian Mrs Barbara Clements.

Geelan’s father, Graeme Geelan, and Mrs Clements assisted Ashley in registering the title with the National Library of Australia as a newspaper.

Over the coming months we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary and will be publishing our history, how Geelan Media began and more.

We’ll explain Geelan Media’s historical connection to Victoria’s media landscape since Melbourne was founded by John Batman when George Mitchell (Ashley Geelan’s maternal great-great grandfather) began at Melbourne’s The Age in 1868 and (paternal grandmother) worked for The Alexandra Standard prior to WWII.

The Mitchell family celebrate a 65-year connection to Melbourne’s The Age newspaper. SOURCE: Heather Henry (nee Mitchell)/The Age.

We’ll explain how we became Victoria’s first online news service, even before the internet was available in Australia using data packets converted to audio signals from an AMIGA computer connected to 27MHz CB radio, commonly known as “packet radio”.

All our original editions are available on issue.com.


This article will be continually updated with links to other articles as we celebrate 30 years of VicNews. The Victorian News.

Articles from The Age gratefully provided by Michell Stillman, Archival Librarian, The Age.

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