Ron Boland played an important role in the expansion and maturation of Australian newspaper journalism in the 20th century – in the era before Rupert Murdoch, mostly – though Boland worked for Murdoch and could be said to have created the style that made Murdoch rich — in an era when newspapers still set the pace of the Information Age. He retired in 1977, the year Altair was a top computer name, the year RadioShack almost got the TRS-80 to market, the year Jobs and Wozniak started work on the Apple II (before Macintosh).
For nearly 50 years, this typewriter was the peak of technology, for a world class journalist.
Boland’s life and timeline could make for some interesting projects or study assignments — see Boland’s campaign for topless swimming on Australia’s beaches. Topless swimming for men.
Boland’s work is probably mostly invisible to American students, but it should provide some good enrichment for students of world history.
- Teachers kit for learning activities from the Boland exhibit
- Below the fold, the Texas connection
From March to October 1978, after his formal retirement in Australia, Ron Boland was a consultant for the Publisher’s Office at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. He was presented with this certificate, an honorary rank of Admiral in the Texas Navy.
Texas last had a navy in 1845, prior to its admission to the union of United States.