Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Trove Tuesday: A number of firsts

[No heading]. (1803, March 5). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), p. 1.
Retrieved July 8, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page5653

Australia's first newspaper

The first newspaper printed in Australia was The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. Printed by George Howe, the newspaper first appeared on 5 March 1803 and ran through to the 20 October 1842.

Under the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program project of the National Library of Australia every issue can now be searched on Trove. There are numerous mentions of the Hawkesbury including people, places and events.

First death in the first edition

There are several mentions of the Hawkesbury in the first edition of The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. Interestingly there are two recorded deaths, the first of which occurred at Cornwallis Farm when Hawkesbury settler R. Withers died of apoplexy on 17 February 1803.

Family Notices. (1803, March 5). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), p. 4. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625424

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