The Morning Bulletin

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The Morning Bulletin masthead
Type newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) APN News & Media
Editor Frazer Pearce
Founded 9 July 1861
Language English
Headquarters Australia Rockhampton, Australia
220 Bolsover Street
Rockhampton City QLD 4700
Circulation 14,700 Monday–Friday
50,000 Saturday

The Morning Bulletin is a daily newspaper servicing the city of Rockhampton and the surrounding areas of Central Queensland, Australia.


The first issue of The Bulletin was launched on 9 July 1861. It is the second oldest business in Rockhampton, the oldest being the Criterion Hotel which was established in October 1860.

The founder and original owner, William Hitchcock Buzacott (1831–1880), brought the press and equipment form Sydney in 1861 where he operated a small weekly paper. At the time the paper was called the Rockhampton Bulletin and was eagerly read by the town's 698 residents.

The Bulletin's original home was in Quay Street near the old Customs House, in a low wooden building. On 14 August 1862, this was burnt down and the presses destroyed. Buzacott quickly obtained new equipment from Sydney and the newspaper was re-established in a two-storey masonry building in Denham Street. By 1926, the Denham Street building was too small and the newspaper returned to Quay Street in their new (and now heritage-listed) Bulletin Building.[1]

The newspaper was published as The Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser from July 1861 to 14 January 1871. Then as The Rockhampton Bulletin from 1871 to 1878. From 1878 onwards the newspaper was published as The Morning Bulletin.


The newspaper is printed daily Monday to Saturday and contains local, entertainment and information news. It is the only daily paper that serves the Central Queensland region.

The Morning Bulletin is a part of the APN News & Media network which is one of Australia's largest newspaper publishers. The Morning Bulletin employs over 100 people.

The Morning Bulletin has a $1.10 cover price on weekdays, increasing to $1.60 for the weekend edition. It is in tabloid format. As of 2013, The Bulletin has a circulation of 14,700 from Monday to Friday, and a Saturday circulation of 20,200.[2]


The papers have been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program of the National Library of Australia.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Bulletin Building (entry 601582)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "About us". The Morning Bulletin. APN News & Media. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Newspaper and magazine titles". Trove. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Newspaper Digitisation Program". Trove. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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