This process of writing a review, however, has given me reason to go back, back to the old days of Aussie chess which means that I am once again re-reading some old Aussie chess magazines. So here's something that I just stumbled upon.
From the September, 1979 issue of the Chess Player's Quarterly, editor IM Robert Jamieson, in his editorial, wrote:
In 1929, in the last issue of the "Austral Chess and Draughts Newspaper", the editor, J.B. Prowse, closed as follows: "We venture to say that no one will be fool enough, after the experience of the Austral to cater for the pleasure and profit of the chess and draughts players. Good bye!"For our young readers Cecil Purdy founded and edited the Australasian Chess Review, which evolved into Check and later, Chess World. Bernie Johnson was editor and publisher of Chess in Australia.
Now, 50 years later, Peter Parr has learnt that publishing chess magazines is just "too much work for too little reward" and his "Australian Chess Magazine" has folded after just 8 issues. One has to be a dedicated fanatic to continue publishing a magazine, but fortunately every 30 years or so another Cecil Purdy or Bernie Johnson comes along.
If every competitive chess player in the country was individually approached to subscribe to a national chess magazine, most of them would, but chess players are a lazy lot.
Something to think about.
On that note, if anyone out there has a collection of old Australian chess magazines that they wish to offload, email me.