ANOTHER chapter of Gawler’s early history will soon become more accessible.
Two of the town’s historic newspapers, the Gawler Standard (1878-85) and Gawler Times (1869-73), are in the process of being made available for viewing on The National Library of Australia’s Trove online database.
They are two of 10 short-run South Australian newspapers to be uploaded to the site, thanks to a personal donation made by a Port Adelaide historian, and are expected to become entirely available online in the next few weeks.
Gawler History Team chair and manager of the Gawler Now and Then website Brian Thom said he welcomed the addition of the local newspapers onto Trove.
“I see the History Team’s Gawler Now and Then website as being a catalyst to encourage others to explore Gawler’s history further,” he said.
“There are very few towns in Australia that have the significant history that Gawler does.
“Its agricultural, industrial and social history is quite unique, and if you can further appreciate that by gaining the ability to get onto Trove for these old newspapers, then that enhances the experience.”
The Gawler Times was published locally for four years, covering the gold discoveries in the Barossa Valley, along with Spike Gully and Victoria Hill, and their associated settlements.
A penny cheaper than The Bunyip, which had already been out since 1863, the Times ceased operating in June, 1873, when gold deposits were exhausted and news from the diggings became infrequent.
The Gawler Standard was established by journalists John Norman Richards and Alfred Angel and ran for seven years, also as a competitor to The Bunyip.
Its office was eventually acquired by William Barnet, who made it the new home of The Bunyip after his own premises, across the road, was destroyed by fire.
There are currently about 100 of the approximately 400 South Australian newspaper titles available on Trove.