Alfred Deakin described David Syme as “one of the greatest men in colonial history”.
He was the most powerful journalist in Victorian history.
As publisher of The Age for 50 years from 1860, he shaped Government policy on protection for Victorian industry which created the State’s manufacturing base.
He campaigned successfully for land rights for settlers, rights for workers, old age pensions, consumer protection laws and a host of other progressive policies.
He was known as “King David” for his influence in the appointment and removal of Premiers and Ministers.
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