Frank Packer

Australian Media Proprietor
Born Dec 3, 1906

Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer, KBE, was an Australian media proprietor who controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Packer.


1906 Birth Born on December 3, 1906.


1923 16 Years Old In 1923, Packer became a cadet journalist on his father's paper, The Daily Guardian. … Read More


1933 26 Years Old In 1933, Packer started The Australian Women's Weekly and then transformed The Daily Telegraph into one of Australia's leading newspapers.
1934 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Packer inherited his media interests on his father's death in 1934.
1936 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1936, he joined with Ted Theodore's Sydney Newspapers and Associated Newspapers to form Australian Consolidated Press.


1956 49 Years Old When television was introduced to Australia in 1956, Packer, along with the other major newspaper publishers (Fairfax, HWT and David Syme), became a significant television network shareholder under the federal government's "dual formula", which allowed each capital city to have two commercial networks and one ABC. … Read More


1959 52 Years Old He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1959, for services to journalism and the newspaper industry.
1960 53 Years Old Gretel Packer died in 1960.
1964 57 Years Old Packer married for the second time in June 1964 to Florence Adeline Vincent (née Porges) in London. … Read More


1971 64 Years Old In the New Year's Honours of 1971 Sir Frank Packer was promoted within the Order of the British Empire to Knight Commander (KBE), for services to Australian and international yachting. … Read More
1972 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Sir Frank Packer sold his newspaper flagship, The Daily Telegraph, to Rupert Murdoch. … Read More
1974 67 Years Old On 1 May 1974, Sir Frank Packer died of heart failure, leaving an estate valued at $100 million.
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