Front cover of first issue of the Empire, 28 December 1850
|Founded||28 December 1850|
|Ceased publication||14 February 1875|
|City||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Sister newspapers||The Evening News|
The Empire was a newspaper published in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was published from 28 December 1850 to 14 February 1875, except for the period from 28 August 1858 to 23 May 1859, when publication was suspended. It was later absorbed by The Evening News.
Henry Parkes founded the Empire and was its editor/proprietor until the business failed in August 1858. He made it "a newspaper destined to be the chief organ of mid-century liberalism and to serve as the rallying and reconciliation point for the sharpest radical and liberal minds of the day".
The paper was bought by Samuel Bennett and William Hanson and resumed publication in May 1859 with the promise that "The Empire … will continue under the new management to advocate the same great principles by which it has hitherto been distinguished". In 1875 labour difficulties forced Bennett to merge the Empire with another of his papers, the Evening News. The Evening News continued to be published until 1931 at which point it was closed by Associated Newspapers, which had acquired most Sydney newspaper titles by that time.
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