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S.A. "Register" Staff
Title : S.A. "Register" Staff S.A. "Register" Staff
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Source : B 5967
Date of creation : 1857
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 160 x 126 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Proprietors and principal editorial officers of the S. A. Register. From left to right: W.W.R. Whitridge (on editorial staff); Joseph Fisher (proprietor); William Kyffin Thomas; Anthony Forster; E.W. Andrews; J.H. Barrow (editorial staff).

Robert Thomas established the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register [newspaper] , and later the Register newspaper. Mr and Mrs Thomas were accompanied by their children Frances Amelia (Skipper) 1818-1855, Robert George, 1820-1885, William Kyffin, 1821 -1878, Mary (Skipper), 1823-1881 and Helen (Mantegani), 1825-1921. Another child, Alfred, died in infancy.

The State Library also holds a selection of extracts from the diary of Mary Thomas (1823-1881), the daughter of Mary and Robert Thomas (PRG 1160/6), who later became the second wife of colonial artist, J.M. Skipper. Mary often refers to her parents' prinitng business in the diary (p.4);

Mar. 24, 1840. There are at this time the following persons employed in the office of the South Australian Register:- My brother William, Mr. William (senior clerk), Daniel Higgins, Thomas Higgins, Mr. Bonnar, Mr. Halliday, John Foreman, Little George Foreman, Mr. Brock (press-man), Mr. Connelly (press-man), and a clerk under Mr. Williams, William Hillier, Mr. Bennet, William Hay, Henry Curran, Astley Cooper (boy), Lindsay Cooper (boy), and Abraham Brookes (bill sticker).

Related names :

Fisher, Joseph, 1834-1907
Thomas, William Kyffin, 1821-1878
Whitridge, W. W. R., 1824-1861
Andrews, E. W. (Edward William), 1812-1877
Barrow, John Henry, 1817-1874
Forster, Anthony, 1813-1897

Thomas, Robert, 1782-1860

Thomas, Mary, 1787-1875

Thomas, Mary, 1823-1881

Coverage year : ca.1857
Period : 1836-1851,1852-1883
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Duncan, Beth Mary Thomas : founding mother : the life and times of a South Australian pioneer Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2007

Hope, Penelope. Voyage of the Africaine: a collection of journals, letters and extracts from contemporary publications South Yarra, Vic.: Heinemann Educational Australia, 1968

Pike, Douglas. Paradise of dissent : South Australia 1829-1857 London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1957

Pitt, G.H. The press in South Australia, 1836-1850 Adelaide, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1946.

Thomas, Evan Kyffin. The diary and letters of Mary Thomas (1836-1866) : being a record of the early days of South Australia Adelaide, S. Aust.: Gillingham Printers, 1983

Internet links :

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online, Newspapers of South Australia

Australian dictionary of biography online edition search for staff members by name

SA Memory Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 Diary of Mary Thomas

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register [newspaper]

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 Register



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