Buenos Aires Standard

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The Standard
The standard logo 1863.png
Buenos Aires Standard daily.png
Front page for 1 May 1862
Founder(s)Michael Mulhall and Edward Mulhall
FoundedMay 1, 1861 (1861-05-01)
Ceased publication1959; 62 years ago (1959)
CityBuenos Aires

The Standard (Spanish: El Estandarte) was an English language newspaper published in Buenos Aires between 1861 and 1959. It was founded by the brothers Michael Mulhall and Edward Thomas Mulhall.[2]

It claimed to be the first English-language daily newspaper in the southern hemisphere,[3] and also the first in Argentina with a linotype machine.[2][4]


The first football match played in Argentina, as covered by The Standard, June 1867

Edward Thomas Mulhall, born in Dublin in 1832, established in Argentina where he dedicated to sheep breeding in the city of Ranchos and then in Zárate. In 1861, Edward joined his brother Michael to establish a newspaper for the British community living in Buenos Aires. After accepting the offer, he sold all his assets to establish in the city.[4]

First published as The Weekly Standard on May 1, 1861, the newapaper had a weekly frequency at the beginning, then switching to daily and/or weekly at the same time for different periods. Besides some changes in the title –"The Standard (or River Plate News)" since May 1862,[5] and then simply "The Standard"–[2] it claimed to be the first English-language daily newspaper in the southern hemisphere.[3] It became the oldest and most respected English newspaper in South America.[6] "'The Standard of Buenos Aires, long a principal source of Argentine business news, regularly shipped 20,000 copies of its monthly supplement to British investors".[1]

The Standard covered the first football match in Argentina, that took place on 20 June 1867 at the Buenos Aires Cricket Club Ground in Palermo, Buenos Aires.[7][8] The newspaper would also cover other football matches from then on, being considered a pioneer in sports coverage of Argentina.[9]

By 1900, descendants of the Mulhall Brothers succedeed them as directors. In 1939, entrepreneur Alfredo Dougall (owner of Radio Excelsior), bought The Standard, which added a Spanish translation to its title since 1943. In December 1955, it became a weekly newspaper, until its definitive closure in 1959.[2]

One of the Edward Mulhall's sons, Eduardo, was founder of another notable newspaper, La Argentina.[4]

A significant source on the history of Argentina, some numbers have been scanned and placed online (but without electronic searchability) by the University of San Andrés Argentina.[10]


  1. ^ a b Rock, David. The British in Argentina,. Springer International Publishing. Kindle Edition.
  2. ^ a b c d The Standard on Repositorio Digital San Andrés
  3. ^ a b Burton, Captain Sir Richard, Letters From the Battle-Fields of Paraguay, (Tinsley Brothers, London 1870), p.182.
  4. ^ a b c Los Mulhall, ocación de periodistas on AccionTV
  5. ^ The Standard nº 97, 1 May 1862
  6. ^ Percy F Martin, Through five republics (of South America): a critical description of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela in 1905 (London, W. Heinemann, 1906), p.29.
  7. ^ "Early History of Football in Argentina'" - RSSSF by Osvaldo J. Georgazzi, 1999
  8. ^ "El fútbol nacional cumple años", Clarín, 20 June 2007
  9. ^ Historia del Fútbol Amateur en la Argentina, by Jorge Iwanczuk. Published by Autores Editores (1992) - ISBN 9504343848
  10. ^ "Standard (Buenos Aires, Argentina)". Biblioteca Max Buch. Retrieved 25 November 2020.

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