Tuesday, 13 March 2018



It didn't take long for the new colony of New South Wales to produce news sheets...  not quite the full newspapers we know today, but in fact, a single sheet... to tell the news of the day.

 I have written previously about the first actual newspaper, printed by George Howe and published on the 5th March, 1803... it was the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser...

You can read my previous stories here  and here.... the latter concentrating on George Howe...

However, some of the most intriguing aspects of the early newspapers were the announcements and advertisements, along with the lists of miscreants and the government notices.

 In the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), Sunday 19 June 1803, page 4, 
there were a number of such notices that caught my attention...

 Read the 'f' as 's' in some words..

Whereas His Excellency was pleased 
to Grant Free Pardons and Conditional
Emancipation to the following persons on
His Majesty's late Birth-Day, some of 
whom have not yet received them:Notice is
hereby given, that such as are included in 
the following Lists may have their respective
Deeds, on Application at the Secretary's Office.
             D.D. MANN, Clerk.   

All persons having any CLAIMS on the ORPHAN Committee on Account of the school are desired to present the same at nine o'clock in the morning at the Orphan House: in failure where-of, any outstanding Debts will not be paid after that date.
By Order of the Committee
May 27, 1803 D.D.Mann, Clerk
A few years later, the announcements were a lot more authoritative on the whole...
Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), Sunday 29 October 1809, page 1 
starting with General Orders...

A muster was called, the prelude to a census..

A schoolmaster, Isaac Lyons, was suspended from duty ...

  Claimants were advised to proceed with claims to the estate of Thomas Haycock, Esq.

Job vacancies... a steady free man who understands milking..

A promissory note was lost.. good luck in getting that back.

Stolen from a warehouse...

A farm, dwelling and even a 'good barn', as well as detached kitchen were for Private Sale..
and Mr. Benjamin Herring was selling, amongst other items... Good Butter 2s 6d a pound...

Just three years later, 

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), Saturday 5 September 1812, page 1 
the printing has improved, it's clearer and easier to read.. the notices are just as varied...

Ann Doyle, a prisoner, has absconded

It seems a very expensive watch has been stolen, as the reward is quite substantial...

Feel like a shopping spree, perhaps some nice chintz, perhaps  some brass door locks or 'nankeens of the very best quality'?

Nankeen Trousers.jpg

A selection of advertisements in the 1800s...

Image result for newspaper advertisements  + Australia, 1800-1850State Library of NSW - NSW Government
Emigration to Australia

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Ref No:y03099
Title:Walter Wilkinson and Co., sheep shears and knife manufacturer, Australia Works, Fitzwilliam Street
Date Period:1800-1850
Photographer:Melville and Co

Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828-1857) Fri 1 Jan 1830

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