SA newspapers filmed
Bringing historic South Australian newspapers into the digitial collection
13 August 2010
The National Library and the State Library of South Australia have recently preserved two major South Australian newspapers – the Sunday Mail (1956-1977) and the Chronicle (1955-1975). Both of these newspapers have been microfilmed through the National Library’s cooperative newspaper microfilming program. The rich newspaper heritage of SA provides a unique window into Australian life. The state’s first newspaper, the South Australian gazette and colonial register (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/2052326), was printed in London in 1836, shortly before Robert Thomas and George Stevenson embarked on a voyage from England to South Australia with the equipment needed to establish their newspaper. The second edition was published a little over a year after the first—from a rush hut off Hindley Street. In Australian newspaper history, SA claims the first non-English newspaper (Die Deutsche Post 1848) and the first illustrated newspaper (Adelaide independent 1841). The Chronicle, founded in 1858, increasingly focussed on country readers, becoming primarily a rural newspaper after the Second World War. With writers such as Eleanor Barber and Mary Broughton, the women’s pages of this newspaper became extremely popular for their mixture of domestic and historical articles. The Sunday Mail, first published in 1912, is in high demand from the public, especially for its reporting of the results of weekend sporting matches of all types and grades, from country centres as well as city competitions. The editions with the sports results have become increasingly brittle and in need of preservation. The recently completed preservation microfilm of these two newspapers will ensure that a significant portion of SA’s unique newspaper history will be available for future readers to explore.