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Source : Lantern, 29 March 1884, p. 1
Date of creation : 1884
Format : Newspaper
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The Lantern was a comic journal and in the style of most comic papers of this period included a double page cartoon supplement in each issue. It was founded by George Stevenson, lawyer and politician, and son of the editor of South Australia's first newspaper, with WG Roberts. Besides the main centre spread cartoon, from 1883 smaller comics and caricatures of local figures appeared within the text on other pages. Like most comic papers, the Lantern took a satirical approach, commenting on current issues and prominent figures of the day, with politicians as the major target. Sport and the theatre received regular coverage in the columns of the Lantern. In 1875 and 1876 the paper printed the Licensed Victuallers' Advertiser as a small supplement. One of the early artists contributing cartoons to the Lantern was Alfred Clint. Clint came from a family of artists, and was best known for his theatre design work in Melbourne and Sydney. Other early Lantern cartoonists included John Hood and JH Parr - possibly the auctioneer, James Parr. Samuel Calvert, the well-known early engraver also worked for the paper.

In early 1876 the paper was sold to Frank Skeffington Carroll. Carroll had previously spent some time in jail in Melbourne for forging cheques - of which he was inconveniently reminded from time to time. Like his predecessor, Stevenson, Carroll twice stood for South Australian Parliament. Duncan Moodie, editor of Adelaide's other major comic paper, the Portonian, described Carroll as having 'a hide like a rhinoceros' and producing 'an effete and harmless paper' (Portonian, 13 April 1878, p. 4). Much of the content was said to have been the work of Richard Egan Lee, rather than Carroll himself. (Northern Argus, 8 July 1887, p. 3.)
In early 1881 Carroll took John Roche, a former Catholic priest, as partner in the paper and Roche attempted an entirely new format and approach as the Adelaide Bulletin and Lantern. Modelled perhaps in part on the Sydney Bulletin, it was published in a larger tabloid size, with more serious articles and no cartoons. The lawyer FH Linklater, and then Henry Cargill of the Register, wrote for the refurbished newspaper. The venture ceased at the end of 1881 with the death of Roche. From July 1882 the Lantern was re-issued under Carroll in its old format and title. But Carroll found himself in court a month later, charged with breaching copyright by re-publishing portions of Pasquin in the Lantern without the permission of the copyright holder. A few weeks later he sold the Lantern to Charles Stansbury. In 1884 the paper was sold to Charles Murphy, a former Advertiser journalist, and it absorbed Adelaide Punch. Artists working for the paper in this later period included 'Penstone' (Caleb Dalwood), 'Leo', 'Styx', John Hood and Jeffery Bruer. In 1890 the Lantern was absorbed by a new venture, Quiz, which was to become the state's longest running comic paper.
Related names :

Bruer, Jeffery

Calvert, Samuel, 1828-1913

Cargill, HCH

Carroll, Frank Skeffington, d. 1887

Clint, Alfred

Dalwood, Thomas Caleb

Hood, J.


Linklater, Frederick Harvie

Moodie, DCF (Duncan Campbell Francis), 1838-1891

Murphy, Charles Andrew

Parr, James Hamilton


Roche, John Joseph

Stansbury, Charles

Stevenson, George, 1799-1856

Stevenson George John William


Adelaide bulletin and lantern (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Adelaide Punch (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Advertiser (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Bulletin (Sydney, N.S.W.)

Illustrated Adelaide news (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Licensed Victuallers' advertiser (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Pasquin (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Portonian (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Quiz (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

South Australian register (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1884
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :

'Adelaide bulletin', Frearson's monthly illustrated Adelaide news, January 1882, p. 14

[Lantern on the market], Illustrated Adelaide news, February 1876, p. 3

'Late Mr GJW Stevenson', Adelaide observer, 2 September 1893, p. 30

Marquis, Len. South Australian newspapers: a selection of material from the extensive research notes gathered for a proposed history of the press in South Australia by Leonard Stanley Marquis/ prepared by Ronald Parsons, Lobethal, S. Aust.: Ronald Parsons, 1998

'Mr FS Carroll MP', Farmers' weekly messenger, 3 May 1878, p. 2

'Police courts - Adelaide, August 25', Adelaide observer, 2 September 1882, p. 30



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