It is indeed an honour to be the editor of The Bunyip during its sesquicentenary year, following in the giant footsteps of our inaugural chief, Dr George Knott.
This week, The Bunyip editorial staff took pleasure in putting together a lift-out that chronicles this great newspaper’s tradition and those who precede us as recorders of Gawler’s news and events.
While The Bunyip looks substantially different today to the first publication, our ambitions for each edition remain the same as those of our forebears – to provide a strong and assertive voice for our community.
We are sure that William Barnet and his cohorts from the Gawler Humbug Society would enjoy the serious side of the newspaper, that which holds governments and politicians to account, and our community interest stories, which tell of the wonderful achievements of local people.
They would also smile wryly at our not-so-serious side, as exemplified by George Aldridge’s weekly cartoon.
For many locals, The Bunyip tradition starts at a young age, when their baby or first school photos appear in the newspaper.
In changing technological times, we believe it is a tradition that will be maintained well into the future as 
The Bunyip provides a continued much-needed representation of Gawler and its surrounding districts.
The history of Gawler would not be complete without The Bunyip, and nor would its future.
Thank you all for being a part of it.

Rob McLean


Growing up in Munno Para and attending Trinity College, Rob McLean completed a journalism degree at the University of SA. One of Rob's first paying jobs was as the Playford Times reporter for The Bunyip, in 1994. After moving to the Riverland and working at WIN News and several local newspapers, Rob returned to The Bunyip, where he has been editor for two years. Rob and his family enjoy living in Gawler, while he is a passionate footy and cricket fan and collects LPs.