• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE3727

Macfarlan, Margaret

(1904 – 1997)
  • Born 1 January, 1904
  • Died 31 December, 1997, Gladstone Queensland Australia
  • Occupation Editor, Journalist, Newspaper Proprietor


Margaret Macfarlan and her daughter, Carmel took over the running of the Gladstone (Queensland) Observer in 1947 when her husband (Carmel’s father), Colin Macfarlan, died. Colin had built the newspaper into an organ that reportedly ‘accomplished more for the advancement of the town than all the public bodies put together’. Margaret followed in the tradition established by her husband, a fact that was acknowledged when she was awarded an MBE for services to journalism and the community in 1970.

The papers was sold to News Limited in 1969.


  • 1947 - 1968
  • 1970 - 1970

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