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Source : Adelaide chronicle and South Australian literary record, 14 April 1841, p. 1
Date of creation : 1841
Format : Newspaper
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The Adelaide chronicle was a short lived newspaper initially edited by Oliver K. Richardson, and owned and printed by William Caddy Cox. (The Chronicle was originally published as Adelaide guardian established by George Milner Stephen in partnership with Cox.) In the light of the bitter rivalries between the Register and Southern Australian newspapers, the intention was to publish a non-controversial newspaper.

... Fortunately for us and for the colony, editorial animosity is at an end, the conductors of our public prints have at length discovered the happy secret, that political differences may exist without personal bitterness ... we pin our faith to no man's political creed - the good of the colony is our aim. (10 December 1839, p. 2)

After three months, the Chronicle was sold to Robert Thomas of the Register, and from this time was edited by James Frederick Bennett. It was published weekly on Wednesdays. The newspaper did not survive the economic crisis of 1841-1842.

Colonel Light memorial The Chronicle was one of the earliest newspapers in South Australia. Consequently it mentions many early figures and events.The first issue includes an advertisement for a meeting to discuss a memorial for Colonel Light. (10 December 1839, p. 10) Lists of individuals making donations to the memorial fund are printed regularly in later issues.
Aborigines A letter from Pastor C.G. Teichelmann of the Dresden Missionary Society discussing Aboriginal languages was published. (17 December 1839, p. 3) James Hughes wrote to correct reports that he had been 'mistreated' by the Aborigines of Yorke Peninsula. (21 January 1840, p. 3) Later, a long editorial discusses the situation of the local Aboriginal people, as caused by the Europeans. (25 February 1840, p. 2)
Victoria Theatre The opening of the Victoria Theatre in 1839 is covered with an advertisement, and brief report at Christmas 1839. (24 December 1839, p.2, 3 )
Quaker meeting house Construction in England of the Society of Friends (Quaker)'s prefabricated church is reported in late 1839. (24 December 1839, p. 4)
Crime The conviction and hanging of two men named Curran and Hughes, for robbery and violence, is described in detail. (10 March 1840, p. 3 ; 17 March 1840, p. 2)
Overlanding The early overlanding expeditions of Messrs Cameron and Howe and others are recorded. A ball agiven for 'the overland gentlemen' is reported, (31 December 1839, p. 3) 'Mr Cameron's overland journey' is reprinted from the Register, (14 January 1840, p. 2) Extracts of the report of Mr Howe's expedition is also re-printed from the Register. (28 January 1840, p. 3)
Literature The newspaper also contained a literary column.
Politics Like its parent newspaper, the Register, the Chronicle was increasingly critical of Governor Gawler's administration.
Closure of the newspaper The Adelaide chronicle was forced to shut down due to the economic depression experienced by South Australia in 1841-1842. Mary Skipper (nee Thomas) recorded the closure of the newspaper in her diary on 25 May 1842, as due to, "want, I believe of sufficient advertisements, which is attributable to the depression of the times, and not to any public dislike of the paper."
Related names :

Bennett, James Frederick

Cox, William Caddy

Skipper, Frances

Thomas, Robert

Adelaide guardian

South Australian register

Coverage year : 1841
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Marquis, Len. Address by Len Marquis [sound recording], 19 April 1995, OH 142/6

Pitt, George H. The press in South Australia, Adelaide, Wakefield Press, 1946

Sowden, William. Our pioneer press [manuscript], 1926, PRG 41/Box 2



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