The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald

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The Irish Harp and Farmer's Herald was a newspaper published in the British colony of South Australia from 1869 to 1873 for the Roman Catholic church. It was a forerunner of The Southern Cross.

History[edit]

The Southern Cross and Adelaide Catholic Herald was first published on 20 September 1867[1] with the Very Rev. J. E. Tenison Woods as editor.[2]

On 29 May 1869 The Catholic Herald and Monthly Summary took over The Irish Harp newspaper.[3] The editor and manager was Benjamin Hoare, succeeded by C. J. Fox BA.[4] Printer and publisher was James O'Dwyer Hennessy (died 13 June 1897)

The Catholic Newspaper and Printing Company (Limited) was liquidated in October 1870 due to the depression.[5]

Fox was notable for his trenchant criticism of Bishop Sheil's excommunication of Mary MacKillop.[6] and ousted from the South Australian Catholic Association, of which he was president.[7] and founding member.[8]

The paper was rebranded The Harp and Southern Cross on 5 December 1873 or earlier and published in Adelaide weekly until the 24 December 1875. Fox, who previously taught Latin at Adelaide Educational Institution, retired as editor around August 1875.[9] He moved to Tasmania, where he edited the Tasmanian Mail. Frank Fox (born 10 August 1874), author and editor of The Lone Hand was a son.

The publisher was John Augustine Hewitt at 39 King William Street, and printer was Webb, Vardon and Pritchard of Hindley Street.

Digitization[edit]

Copies of The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald issues from 1 No. 1 of 29 May 1869 to Vol. 5 No. 190 of 31 January 1873 have been digitized by the National Library of Australia, and may be accessed via Trove.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Topics of the Day". The South Australian Advertiser. South Australia. 23 September 1867. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "Catholic Papers in S.A. Before 1889". The Southern Cross. South Australia. 8 July 1949. p. 8. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald. South Australia. 22 January 1870. p. 4. Retrieved 26 April 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "The Week's News". Adelaide Observer. South Australia. 22 January 1870. p. 7. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "To Our Readers". The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald. South Australia. 8 October 1870. p. 4. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "The Bishop and the Sisters of Saint Joseph". The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald. South Australia. 7 October 1871. p. 6. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via Trove. Fox was one of many who consistently misspelled the bishop's name as "Shiel".
  7. ^ "General News". The Express and Telegraph. South Australia. 19 October 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via Trove.
  8. ^ "SA Catholic Association". The Irish Harp and Farmers' Herald. South Australia. 5 November 1870. p. 5. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.
  9. ^ "Topics". The Harp and Southern Cross. South Australia. 5 November 1875. p. 5. Retrieved 27 April 2020 – via Trove.