Stayed true to promise to give all residents a voice


FIRST founded in 1920 by Leslie Engisch, the Torch newspaper has since established itself as a much-loved staple of this vibrant community.

In its very first edition, Leslie promised that the Torch would serve as the local community’s mouthpiece. Now celebrating its 100th Anniversary, the Torch has undoubtedly stayed true to Leslie’s original vision, continuing to serve the community by reporting on the issues that matter and providing a platform for local residents who otherwise may not be heard.
Today, many residents rely upon the Torch for its comprehensive and trustworthy coverage of local news.
The Torch also remains a proudly family-owned and locally operated business. Leslie’s son Phil managed the paper for 51 years before ‘passing the Torch’ onto his son John, who remains the Managing Director and whose children, Trent and Christian, are the General Manager and the Projects Director.
This centenary issue commemorates the remarkable legacy of honest and reliable community news that the Torch still stands for today.
I want to extend my sincere congratulations to John, Trent and Christian Engisch, long-time editor Mark Kirkland and indeed all their staff for this momentous anniversary and I look forward to reading the Torch for many years to come.”
State MP for Bankstown.