Robert Clyde Packer

Robert Clyde Packer

Australian Businessman
Born Jul 24, 1879

Robert Clyde Packer was the founder of Australia's Packer media dynasty, which used to own Publishing and Broadcasting Limited now owns Consolidated Press Holdings and Crown Limited. Packer was born in Tasmania, the son of a senior customs official, Arthur Howard Packer (died 20 August 1912) and Margaret Fitzmaurice Packer (née Clyde) (1855-1915). Arthur Packer was a son of Frederick Alexander Packer and his wife Augusta (née Gow).… Read More

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1879 Birth Born in 1879.


1903 24 Years Old Robert Clyde Packer married Ethel Maud Hewson (1878-1947) on 13 July 1903 at St. Matthias Church, Paddington, New South Wales. … Read More
1908 29 Years Old R.C., as he came to be called, became a journalist first in Hobart, later in Cairns, Bellingen, Macksville, Tamworth, Dubbo (where he edited The Dubbo Liberal, owned by a young widow) and finally Sydney in 1908, where he joined the staff of the Sunday Times, became editor in 1913, then sub-editor with The Sydney Sun.


1918 39 Years Old In 1918 he joined with James Joynton Smith and Claude McKay in the foundation of Smith's Weekly, followed in 1923 by the Daily Guardian (both now defunct but at the time highly profitable with circulations in the hundreds of thousands). … Read More


1930 51 Years Old He left Smith's Weekly in 1930 in possession of a half share in the paper (he had helped purchase McKay's interest in 1927) and substantial holdings in Australian Associated Newspapers, publishers of The Telegraph and The Sunday Sun (who had bought out the Daily Guardian and Sunday Guardian in 1929).
1934 55 Years Old He was buried on 21 May 1934 in the Packer family mausoleum at South Head Cemetery.. … Read More
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