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South Australian gazette and colonial register [newspaper]
Title : South Australian gazette and colonial register [newspaper] South Australian gazette and colonial register [newspaper]
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Source : vol. 1, no. 2 (3 June 1837)
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Robert Thomas and Co.
Date of creation : 1836-1839
Format : Newspaper
Dimensions : 460mm x 288mm
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Partners Robert Thomas and George Stevenson arrived at Holdfast Bay aboard the Buffalo in 1836, bringing with them a printing press, type, and paper, as well as trained staff to produce South Australia's first newspaper. The first issue of the South Australian gazette and colonial register had been printed in London the year before.

Due to setbacks including the printer perishing in the bush on Kangaroo Island, and the type accidentally being carried on the ship to Tasmania, it was six months before Adelaide's first newspaper was printed in a tent.

In the meantime, the partners were kept busy with their resources stretched to the limit to print the Proclamation, which was read at Glenelg by Governor Hindmarsh in December 1836. They also printed the state's first Act (licensing the sale of liquor) and first book, the South Australian Church Hymnbook.

Daughter of Robert Tomas, Mary Thomas, often refers to the family printing business in her diary, PRG 1160/6 (See extracts in PDF)

Related names :

Thomas, Robert

Stevenson, George

Coverage year : 1837
Period : 1836-1851
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

A modern newspaper building, 1909: the home of The Register, The Observer, The Evening Journal. Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1909

Sowden, William Our pioneer press' Unpublished typescript, 1926

Pitt, George The press in South Australia, 1836 to 1850. Adelaide: The Wakefield Press, 1946

Marquis, Len Address by Len Marquis (sound recording with transcript), 1988

Howard, Charles Beaumont South Australian Church Hymnbook Adelaide : Robert Thomas, 1838

Internet links :
Treasure of the State Library of South Australia, South Australia's first newspaper
Australian dictionary of biography online edition see Robert Thomas and George Stevenson

Trove : Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954 in digital format



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