The Hawkeye was the first Australian newspaper to appear in New Zealand, and its early readers included the Hawkes and the late John Hawkes.
It became the Herald, after John Hawke’s death in 1924.
The newspaper’s title was inspired by a Hawke family crest, but was later changed to “Hawkeye”.
It was published from October 1924 to June 1925.
The first story in the newspaper appeared on Monday, August 28, 1925, and went on to run over the next two months.
The paper’s first two issues contained stories about an Australian shipwreck, a car crash, a fatal motorbike accident and a man accused of killing his wife.
The Hawkes were also known for their humour and humour-defying reporting.
The newspapers coverage of events in the country’s civil war led to the birth of a phrase, “The Hawkes have been there”.
In the 1930s, Hawkes journalists took part in the Great War and the Second World War, and they often wrote about it.
Hawkes journalist John Rindlin wrote in 1932 that “all the Hawke news in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles has been a great help in making the world feel like a real country”.
The Hawkers ran a daily newspaper, the Hawker News, and the Hawkers were a staple of Australian life until the 1950s, when it was merged with the Herald.
In the 1960s, the newspaper merged with Australian newspapers to become the Australian Herald.
The Herald’s masthead was changed to the “Hawkes” in 1974 and its name changed to The Hawke Times.
Its first two decades were dominated by the Hawkeyes, but the paper was known for being critical of the Government.
The editor of the Hawkernews website, John Hutton, said that the Hawky-inspired name was “an insult to Hawkes” and that the name should have been changed to reflect the newspaper’s new independence from the Government, which had been passed in 1959.
“It’s a very difficult thing to change, but it’s just the Hawken way,” he said.
“The Herald and Herald-Mail, both the papers that I’ve worked for for 25 years, were the Hawkeys, and then the Hawks were the government.”
Hawkes editors had been criticised by their readers for not being tough enough in their coverage of the Civil War. “
That’s why it’s very difficult to change.”
Hawkes editors had been criticised by their readers for not being tough enough in their coverage of the Civil War.
They also had been the subject of numerous complaints by the then Labor government about how the paper covered the war.
They were criticised for not reporting the death of John F. Kennedy, for failing to mention the discovery of the Titanic’s sunken wreck, and for publishing an article in which a man was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years’ jail.
“They’ve been in Australia almost all their lives,” Mr Hutton said.
The change in title The name change was “in response to a number of complaints” from the public about the Hawking name, Mr Huttons said.
He said the changes were part of a broader process to make the Hawkish name more widely recognised.
“When you change a name in a society, it’s usually because you need to change something about the society, not necessarily the name,” he explained.
“But when it’s the Hawkies, it just seemed like it was necessary.”
Mr Hickey said that he felt “very proud” of the newspaper.
“I think that they have done the right thing in changing the name, I think it was a very sensible decision to change the name to the Hawkie,” he told ABC Radio.
The ABC’s John McTaggart has been reporting from the Hawki Pressroom since 2011.
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