Viennese-born Lynka Isaacson combined a refined European sensibility with a down-to-earth practicality that made her unique in journalism in Victoria.
Within two years of arriving in Melbourne with her Australian husband and two children she was writing social notes for The Age. Soon after, she was editing The Leader’s women’s pages and encouraging country women to share their personal lives and domestic hints through the paper.
War-time staff shortages saw her heading the foreign desk at The Age.
Always active in Melbourne’s Jewish community, she lobbied for a Jewish homeland in Australia and edited The Australian Jewish Journal.
After the war, her focus shifted from the international to the local when she bought and edited a suburban newspaper before becoming editorial director of Peter Isaacson Publications.
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