First Maryborough Chronicle copy found in a box

AN ORIGINAL copy of the first Maryborough Chronicle printed way back in 1860 has been found among boxes and books in Gin Gin.

Printed on November 21, 1860, the Maryborough Chronicle was introduced as a weekly paper printed every Wednesday and then being posted to Brisbane, Sydney "and to the other colonies".

Its publisher, Charles Buzacott printed the first copy in his hut on Lennox St.

"With so extensive a circulation the Chronicle must become a most advantageous medium for giving publicity to business announcements (and) notice of meetings," he wrote in the first copy.

Advertising dominated space and there were no news stories on the front page of the 1860 paper.

Edgar Aldridge used the first Chronicle to sell several parcels of land which included "the only private wharf in Maryborough".

Former Maryborough couple Charlie and Rosslyn Haapakoski made the discovery of the historic Chronicle when looking through boxes at their home last month.

But they can't remember how it came into their possession, with the couple inheriting old magazines and papers from friends and Mrs Haapakoski's late mother's estate.

"We gave a friend a hand and he was throwing a lot of old books and papers away," Mrs Haapakoski said.

"We're not sure whether it was that or stuff we got when my mother passed away 40 years ago."

The single sheet of paper is tattered around the edges but entirely readable and in good condition.

Mr Buzacott sold the business in 1863 to William Swain Roberts and Joseph Robinson.

The paper grew to a bi-weekly and eventually to a daily in 1882.

In 1867, Mr Roberts became sole proprietor and managing editor.

When it was first printed the paper costed sixpence.

The Haapakoskis don't want to keep the piece of history, instead offering it for sale to potential buyers.


  • Printed November 21, 1860
  • Charles Buzacott printed the first copy in his Lennox St hut
  • The sale of E.T. Aldridge's river frontage land featured prominently
  • The Maryborough Chronicle would eventually become the Fraser Coast Chronicle

Topics:  fraser coast history maryborough news newspaper

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