Logo of the Geelong Advertiser
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, and was first published on 21 November 1840. The newspaper is currently owned by News Limited. It is the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association 2009 Newspaper of the Year (circulation 25,000 to 90,000).
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 on Saturday 21 November 1840: edited by 'James Harrison and printed and published for John Pascoe Fawkner (sole proprietor) by William Watkins...'.
Its first editorial offered the following doggerel:
Bring forth the press!
When first that mighty shout was heard.The Nations to address.
Truth rose in radiant light ensphered.
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 retired the original wooden press and adopted new typography and was printed by mechanised steam printing.
The newspaper did not feature actual news on the front page until 21 June 1924, coinciding with the inauguration of a new printing press. Before this time the front page was filled with classified advertisements. Trials of a tabloid size paper were trialled during 2000, when a Sunday edition was printed for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The large broadsheet paper size was used until 2001, when the newspaper changed to the tabloid size which has been used since.
See also 
- "About The Geelong Advertiser". Geelong Advertiser website. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
- "Oldest newspapers still in circulation". World Association of Newspapers website. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
- "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 27" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. May 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-24.[dead link]
- "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 10" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. December 2000. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 36" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. February 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
Further reading 
- Don Hauser, The Printers of the Streets and Lanes Of Melbourne (1837 - 1975) Nondescript Press, Melbourne 2006