Geelong Advertiser

Geelong Advertiser

Infobox Newspaper
name = The Geelong Advertiser

Front page of "The Geelong Advertiser"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Tabloid
foundation = 1840
owners = News Corp
headquarters = 191 - 195 Ryrie St,
Victoria, Australia
editor = Peter Judd
website = []
political = Moderate

The "Geelong Advertiser" is a daily newspaper servicing Geelong, Victoria, Australia, the Bellarine Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Geelong Advertiser is the oldest newspaper title in Victoria and the second oldest in Australia, [cite web
title=About The Geelong Advertiser
work=Geelong Advertiser website
] [cite web
title=Oldest newspapers still in circulation
work=World Association of Newspapers website
] and was first published on 21 November 1840.

The newspaper is currently owned by News Corporation Fact|date=August 2008.


The Geelong Advertiser was founded by James Harrison, a Scots emigrant, who had arrived in Sydney in 1837 to set up a printing press for the English company Tegg & Co Fact|date=August 2008.

Moving to Melbourne in 1839 he found employment with John Pascoe Fawkner as a compositor and later editor on Fawkner's "Port Phillip Patriot". When Fawkner acquired a new press Harrison offered him 30 pounds for the original old press to start Geelong's first newspaper. The first weekly edition of the "Geelong Advertiser" appeared onat 3pm Saturday 21 November 1840: edited by 'James Harrison and printed and published for John Pascoe Fawkner (sole proprietor) by William Watkins...' Fact|date=August 2008.

Its first editorial offered these words: : "Bring forth the press!": "When first that mighty shout was heard.": "Truth rose in radiant light ensphered.": "The Nations to address. Fact|date=August 2008"

By November 1842 Harrison became sole owner. For the first seven years the paper was printed in demi-folio size before changing to broadsheet. In 1858 the newspaper ditched the original wooden press and adopts new typography and is printed by mechanised steam printing Fact|date=August 2008.

The newspaper did not feature actual news on the front page until 21 June 1924, coincidingwith the inauguration of a new printing press. Before this time the front page was filled with classified advertisements. [cite web
month=May | year=2004
work=University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website
] Trials of a tabloid size paper were trialled during 2000, when a Sunday edition was printed for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. [cite web
month=December | year=2000
work=University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website
] The large broadsheet paper size was used until 2001, when the newspaper changed to the tabloid size which has been used since. [cite web
month=February | year=2006
work=University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website

See also

* List of newspapers in Australia


* [ History of The Geelong Advertiser]

Further reading

* Don Hauser, "The Printers of the Streets and Lanes Of Melbourne (1837 - 1975)" Nondescript Press, Melbourne 2006

External links

* [ "The Geelong Advertiser" website]
* [ Interview with Peter Judd, editor]

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