Fraser Coast Chronicle
|Owner(s)||APN News & Media|
|Headquarters||Hervey Bay, Australia
2a/7 Bay Drive, Pialba
Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655
Charles Hardie Buzacott first published the Maryborough Chronicle in Maryborough as a four-page tabloid, in his slab hut in Lennox Street in November 1860. It sold for sixpence and was read from Gayndah in the west to Childers in the north to Gympie in the south.
In 1863 Buzacott sold his interests to William Swain Roberts and Joseph Robinson, who set out to "reflect the community's wants and opinions while boldly and distinctly enunciating our own views". As the rough river town turned into a respectable city, its newspaper became a bi-weekly in 1864, a tri-weekly in 1868 and a daily in 1882.
In 1867 Mr Roberts became sole proprietor and managing editor. A Scot, Andrew Dunn from Toowoomba, joined the Chronicle in 1885, beginning a long association with the Dunn family. Through war, flood and fire the presses rolled, although, as one edition reports, it was touch and go in the 1893 Brisbane flood: "We must confess that at this hour (3am) as we are going to press the state of the flood and events just reported completely upset our anticipation of comparative safety."
Circulation growth brought the price down to twopence in 1901 and a penny in 1903.
After several shifts, Bazaar Street became the Chronicle's new home in 1957. A satellite office operated in Hervey Bay. In 1966 the Chronicle changed from broadsheet to tabloid and in 1977 it moved to offset printing.
In 2005, the Chronicle shifted its headquarters to a new Hervey Bay office, although it continues to have a strong presence in Maryborough from its Bazaar Street office.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle website is part of the APN Regional News Network.