Victor Desmond Courtney
COURTNEY, VICTOR DESMOND (1894-1970), journalist, was born on 27 May 1894 at Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, seventh child of Henry Courtney, a newspaper proprietor from England, and his native-born wife Katie, née O'Connor. The family moved to Western Australia where Henry was managing editor of the Greenbushes Advocate and the short-lived Sunday Press (Perth). On leaving school in 1909, Victor entered the State public service before taking a cadetship in 1911 with the Sunday Times. In 1918, in partnership with John Joseph Simons, he became managing editor of a sporting weekly, the Call, soon gaining publicity from a libel suit brought by the lord mayor of Perth, Sir William Lathlain. The partners also acquired a struggling Saturday-evening paper, the Mirror, and built its circulation during the 1920s to over 10,000, largely through racy reporting of scandals and divorces.
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