Kirkpatrick, R. (2000-01-01) How Newspaper Editors Helped the Country Become Politically Articulate. Australian Journalism Review, 22 1: 118-136.
A ‘country-minded’ ideology began to develop in the mid-19th century in New South Wales as newspapers gave the scattered settlements a coherent political voice. This voice, initially used on behalf of individual towns, was later used in cooperative opposition to the perceived evils of Sydney and a government dominated by capital-city interests. Country newspapers played a significant role in the campaign for a new state in northern NSW and, more significantly, in the emergence of a political party to represent country interests. This paper charts the evolution of country-mindedness and the part that country newspapers played in giving their communities an articulate political voice.
The writings of Melinda which have so far been recovered have been found in Regional Newspapers.