The Queensland Times

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The Queensland Times
Type newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) APN News & Media
Founded 1859
Language English
Headquarters Australia Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
260 Brisbane Street
West Ipswich, QLD 4305
Circulation 10,804 Monday-Friday
14,153 Saturday

The Queensland Times is a daily newspaper serving Ipswich and surrounds in Queensland, Australia. The newspaper is owned by APN News & Media. The circulation of The Queensland Times is 10,804 Monday to Friday and 14,153 on Saturday.[1]

The Queensland Times is circulated to the Ipswich city area (all residential suburbs including the new the suburbs Springfield, Springfield Lakes and Brookwater) and the Ipswich rural area including Harrisville, Rosewood, Laidley, Forest Hill, Lowood, Boonah, Aratula, Gatton, Esk and Toogoolawah. The Queensland Times website is part of the APN Regional News Network.


The Queensland Times is the oldest surviving provincial paper in Queensland. Founded on 4 July 1859 as the Ipswich Herald, it has continued ever since.[2] Until a printer's strike briefly interrupted production in 1972, it had the proud record of never having missed a scheduled issue, in spite of fires, floods and machinery breakdowns.

It was not, however, the first newspaper in Ipswich. That honour belongs to the North Australian, founded in 1855 and having on its staff two men who were to play a major part in the establishment of other Queensland newspapers, Hugh Parkinson, the foremen printer, and Arthur Sidney Lyon, the editor. The publishing office of this paper was moved to Brisbane in 1863.

One of the main aims of the Ipswich Herald was to promote Ipswich's claims to be capital city of the Moreton bay colony as separation from New South Wales loomed. It was bought in 1861 by Hugh Parkinson and two other north Australian employees, Hugh Bowring Sloman and Francis Kidner. They changed its name to The Queensland Times and said it "would undertake to speak as from the centre of authority, the capital, and would oppose centralization in Brisbane." The editor was J.C. Thompson, who later surveyed and laid out the city of Bundaberg. The greatest success story connected with the paper was that of a young lad, William Kippen, who rose from the position of paper seller in 1862 to become chairman of directors in 1914.

Between the 1860s and the 1880s the bi-weekly Queensland Times faced competition from other newspapers, but outlasted them all. On Tuesday, the 8th of October, 1861, the Ipswich Herald merged to form The Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald, and General Advertiser.[3]

It became a morning daily in 1899, but a depression forced it to revert to a tri-weekly publication until, in 1908, it became a daily again. The Queensland Times is owned by the APN News & Media Ltd Group.[4]


The paper has been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program of the National Library of Australia.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). Average Net Paid Sales for October–December 2008 (metro and larger regional titles)/January–June 2008 (other regional titles).
  2. ^ "THE PIONEER JOURNAL OF THE DOWNS.". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Ipswich, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 June 1918. p. 4 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Glimpses of Early Ipswich.". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 4 July 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ About us, NewsMail. Accessed March 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "Newspaper and magazine titles". Trove. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Newspaper Digitisation Program". Trove. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 

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