Swan River Colony pioneer: A biography of the editor of the Enquirer Newspaper, Edmund Stirling (1812–1897)
Edmund Stirling arrived in the Swan River settlement in 1830. For over fifty years he was involved with the local newspaper industry, and for most of that time was the sole proprietor and editor of one of the major early newspapers, The Inquirer.
He was a man of high ideals and principles who, through his editorials and journalistic endeavours, was a significant force in shaping public opinion and pressuring governments.
Stirling and his paper were held in high regard by the early settlers, but he has since received very little recognition for the role he played in the colony.
Patricia Reynolds’ biography establishes Stirling as an influential Western Australian pioneer.