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John Ballance and Evening Herald staff, around 1870

John Ballance and Evening Herald staff, around 1870

Future New Zealand premier John Ballance stands hatless in the doorway of his newspaper office, together with his staff, in this photo from about 1870. He and a partner founded Whanganui's Evening Herald in 1867, and Ballance served as the paper's manager and editor until the 1880s. By then he was also a local MP. He became premier in 1891. Ballance was a skilled and often controversial journalist, and one of several New Zealand newspapermen who followed this career path into high political office. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Mark Derby, 'Newspapers - Growth and expansion, 1860–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014