Illustrated Sydney News
First published on 8 October 1853 by Walter George Mason, William Edward Vernon and Ludolf Theodore Mellin. Vernon and Mellin sold their shares of the paper within six months of its first publication and embarked on a new publication The Goulburn Chronicle and Southern Advertiser. The Illustrated Sydney News was published from 1853–1872. From 1872 to 1881 the title was changed to The Illustrated Sydney News and New South Wales Agriculturist and Grazier and then back to the original shorter title between 1881 and 1894.
Philip Holdsworth was editor from the 1880s. Until 1888, the illustrations were wood engravings, each printed in black ink and each of which took one engraver about a week to complete. In August 1888, The Illustrated Sydney News became the first Australian paper to reproduce a photograph using the new half-tone process. The slow and expensive wood engraving process was obsolete.
Publishing in the NSW colony
Most material published in the first twenty years of the New South Wales colony notified soldiers, convicts and private settlers contained 'government orders' printed on a portable wooden and iron printing press and displayed or announced aloud in public places and in churches.
Individual issues can be viewed online at Trove.
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