State Library of South Australia logo SA Newspapers
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Garden and Field
Title : Garden and Field Garden and Field
Add To My SA Memory
View a zoomable version
Source : Garden and Field : a journal of general industries, August 1887, p. 1
Date of creation : 1887
Additional Creator : Molineux, A. (Albert), 1832-1909
Format : Newspaper
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

Some years after the closure of Farm and Garden, two Adelaide printers, Albert Molineux and Samuel Richards, revived the publication as Garden and Field - later Garden and the Field. The journal was far more successful than the earlier title, almost certainly because of Molineux's enormous dedication to the interests of agriculture. In 1901 the newspaper expanded to open a Melbourne office, changed from monthly to weekly publication, and was even distributed internationally. Molineux used some of the contributors of the original publication, but also brought many new writers. Vigneron Thomas Hardy wrote about wine and vine growing, Henry Sewell of Payneham Nursery wrote 'gardening notes' and Otto Tepper of the South Australian Museum wrote articles about pests, lawn growing, and other topics. Later JG Kelly of McLaren Vale complied a vineyard notes column, and Robert Barr Smith's gardener, Carl Thybell, wrote as 'Gardener'.

The Garden and the Field was run by Molineux in his spare time while working as agricultural editor of the Adelaide Observer and, from 1888 to 1902, general secretary of the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia - a government body which he had been instrumental in establishing. Molineux had great influence on agriculture in South Australia. In the late 1890s he induced the dairy farmers of the colony to form co-operatives which aided the growth of that industry. He also recommended spraying fruit trees and formed the short-lived South Australian Fishing Company. Molineux advocated experimental farms, the position of a professor of agriculture, and the creation of a department of agriculture. He was also a keen naturalist. His invention of the first trawl nets used for scientific research in the state, resulted in 40 new species of fish being discovered in the first week they were used.

In May 1891 Molineux sold the Garden and the Field to devote himself to full-time work with the Agricultural Bureau. The new owner of the journal was William Catton Grasby, formerly headmaster of Roseworthy Agricultural College, and later an agricultural teacher at Way College. During Grasby's editorship the journal became weekly and increased its international circulation. Lithographic illustrations were introduced in 1893, and from August that year photographs appeared in the newspaper. In this period a ladies' column and a children's column ('Uncle Will's letter-bag') were included. In 1904, during a visit to Western Australia, Grasby was approached by Charles Harper, co-owner of the West Australian and Western Mail, who persuaded him to become agricultural editor to those newspapers. Garden and the Field continued until 1940, when it ceased publication as a result of wartime paper shortages.

Related names :

Barr Smith, Robert, 1824-1915

Grasby, W. Catton (William Catton), 1859-1930

Hardy, Thomas, 1830-1912

Harper, Charles

Kelly, John George

Molineux, Albert, 1832-1909

Richards, Samuel

Sewell, Henry, 1847-1926

Thybell, C.

Adelaide observer (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Agricultural Bureau of South Australia

Farm and garden (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Payneham Nursery (Payneham, S. Aust.)

Roseworthy Agricultural College

West Australian (Perth, W. Aust.)

Western mail (Perth, W. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1887
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :

'Albert Molineux ...', Cyclopedia of South Australia in two volumes, Adelaide: Cyclopedia Co., 1907-1909, Volume 1, pp. 358-359

Linn, Rob. Dairy Vale: a history of co-operation, [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Dairy Vale Co-operative, 1988

'Mr Albert Molineux, FLS, FRHS', Garden and the field, December 1893, p. 197

'Mr W. Catton Grasby: death of agricultural writer', West Australian, 27 October 1930, p. 10

'Our first quarter century', Garden and field, May 1900, p. 273
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online : Search for Albert Molineux



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on