Complete Collection of early Adelaide newspaper 'The Southern Australian' for 1839. SOUTHERN AUSTRALIAN.
Complete Collection of early Adelaide newspaper 'The Southern Australian' for 1839.
Complete Collection of early Adelaide newspaper 'The Southern Australian' for 1839.

Complete Collection of early Adelaide newspaper 'The Southern Australian'…
Complete Collection of early Adelaide newspaper 'The Southern Australian' for 1839.

Adelaide: Archibald MacDougall, 1839.

Large folio, bound volume of fifty issues in contemporary provincial binding (now worn, front board quite loose); aside from some worming to the bottom blank margin with no loss of text an unusually well preserved collection.

Complete 1839 run of an important Australian newspaper

A wonderfully preserved collection of the Southern Australian, Adelaide's second locally printed newspaper. This bound volume comprises the second year of publication, from January 9 to December 26 1839.

A wonderfully preserved collection of the Southern Australian, Adelaide's second locally printed newspaper. This bound volume comprises the second year of publication, from January 9 to December 26 1839.
Founded by Charles Mann and James Hurtle Fisher, the Southern Australian was preceded by the more official South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register. Publication began in 1838 and the paper was released each Wednesday morning (becoming bi-weekly in 1840 until the paper closed in 1844). The Southern Australian was printed by Archibald MacDougall, then acting Government printer whose busy workshop was located in in Rundle Street. Interestingly, Archibald's brother John Campbell MacDougall also emigrated to Australia and established as a well-respected printer in Hobart prior to his untimely decease.
This complete annual run of the Southern Australian provides an animated account of the colony of South Australia in its early years. Alongside commercial and legal entries we learn of important developments in South Australian history, breakthrough's in inland exploration (such as a description of Eyre's journey dated 13March) and a good measure of gossip and scandal due to a colonial outpost in its infancy.
Of some interest is the special obituary issue dedicated to Colonel William Light dated 9 October. The borders and columns are blocked in heavy black ink as a sign of respect. By contemporary accounts Light was a gregarious man of unusual industry and talent. In early 1836 he was appointed Surveyor General of South Australia and chose the site of Adelaide (while undertaking vast inland surveys with a handful of staff in seemingly unworkable conditions). Although Light died consumptive and penniless he is lauded in the warmest terms in the Southern Australian obituary: 'Colonel Light was a man of the finest feelings, and the most refined sentiments of honour. Hence the ill usage he received had a most injurious effect upon his mind and constitution, and in great measure hastened his death.'
Given the ephemeral nature of the medium, to find a complete annual run of any early colonial newspaper is unusual, especially in this state of preservation. In addition to the regular weekly issues this bound collection includes the two supplements or 'second editions' printed on Friday (rather than Wednesday).

Ferguson, 2631.

Price (AUD): $3,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4110674