The Telegraph (Adelaide)

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The Telegraph was a newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia, founded in 1862, and merged with The Express to become The Express and Telegraph, published from 1867 to 1922.[1]


The Adelaide Telegraph[edit]

The Adelaide Telegraph was founded and edited by Frederick Sinnett (c. 1836 – 23 November 1866) and first published by David Gall on 15 August 1862 as an evening daily independent of the two morning papers The Advertiser and The Register.[2] Sinnett left Adelaide late in 1865.[3] The Advertiser, which was first published in 1858, retaliated in 1863 by founding its own afternoon newspaper, The Express, as a competitor to The Telegraph.[4]

The Daily Telegraph[edit]

Around 1864 or 1865 The Adelaide Telegraph was renamed the Daily Telegraph, introduced a morning edition, and founded the short-lived weekend Weekly Mail.

The Express and Telegraph[edit]

In December 1865 the manager Henry Edlin called in all debts and advertised the business for sale, and was purchased by a consortium led by John Baker. A year later the whole of the "machinery, plant and goodwill" was purchased at auction by the publishers of the Advertiser, Chronicle, and Express.[5] The paper is remembered for publishing some of the earliest writings of "Pasquin" (E. R. Mitford), before he founded his own self-titled weekly in 1867. The Daily Telegraph was then incorporated into The Express as The Express and Telegraph, which title persisted until 1922, when it reverted to simply The Express (1922–1923).


  1. ^ "The Express and Telegraph". Trove. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Topics of the Day". The South Australian Advertiser. V (1271). 16 August 1862. p. 2. Retrieved 11 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "The Late Mr. Frederick Sinnett". The South Australian Advertiser. 28 November 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 11 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ A. T. Saunders (19 July 1921). "A Newspaper's History". The Advertiser. South Australia. p. 10. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Advertising". South Australian Weekly Chronicle. IX (437). 15 December 1866. p. 1 (Supplement to the South Australian Weekly Chronicle). Retrieved 11 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.