Crossing the great divide: community response to the first year of the Bathurst newspaper, the Bathurst Advocate

Margaret Van Heekeren

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Abstract

In late 1847 printer Benjamin Isaacs brought the first printing press over the Blue Mountains to the settlement of Bathurst, 106 miles north west of Sydney. While it was common in the 1800s for a newspaper to be established quite quickly after a settlement was founded, Bathurst had developed since 1815, more than three decades, without a local press. This paper explores the arrival of the press in Bathurst in February 1848 and the first year of community response to a local paper. This paper will explore response to the Bathurst Advocate through three lenses: subscriptions and advertising, community development and public discussion and exposition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd Joint JEANZ/JEA Conference
Subtitle of host publicationJournalism downunder: the future of the media in the digital age
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherSchool of Communication Studies, AUT University
Pages1-25
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)1877314625
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventJoint Journalism Education Association (JEA) and Journalism Education Association (JEANZ) Conference - Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand
Duration: 04 Dec 200607 Dec 2006

Conference

ConferenceJoint Journalism Education Association (JEA) and Journalism Education Association (JEANZ) Conference
CountryNew Zealand
Period04/12/0607/12/06

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    Van Heekeren, M. (2006). Crossing the great divide: community response to the first year of the Bathurst newspaper, the Bathurst Advocate. In 2nd Joint JEANZ/JEA Conference: Journalism downunder: the future of the media in the digital age (pp. 1-25). School of Communication Studies, AUT University.