Geelong Advertiser

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Geelong Advertiser
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Logo of the Geelong Advertiser
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) News Corp
Editor Nick Papps
Founded 21 November 1840
Political alignment Moderate
Headquarters 191 - 195 Ryrie Street,
Victoria, Australia

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,[1][2] and was first published on 21 November 1840.[3] The newspaper is currently owned by News Limited.[4] It is the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association 2009 Newspaper of the Year (circulation 25,000 to 90,000).[5]


The Geelong Advertiser was initially edited 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.[6]

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...'[citation needed]

Its first editorial offered the following dog:[6]

Bring forth the press!

When first that mighty shout was heard.
Truth rose in radiant light ensphered.
The Nations to address.

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.[citation needed]

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.[7] Trials of a tabloid size paper were trialled during 2000, when a Sunday edition was printed for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.[8] The large broadsheet paper size was used until 2001, when the newspaper changed to the tabloid size which has been used since.[9]

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  1. ^ "About The Geelong Advertiser". Geelong Advertiser website. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oldest newspapers still in circulation". World Association of Newspapers website. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "[No heading].". Geelong Advertiser (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 21 November 1840. p. 1. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Geelong Advertiser". Retrieved 20 March 2015. [not in citation given]
  6. ^ a b "About us". Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 27" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. May 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-24. [dead link]
  8. ^ "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 10" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. December 2000. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  9. ^ "AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP NEWSLETTER No. 36" (PDF). University of Queensland School of Journalism & Communication website. February 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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