The Queanbeyan Times – the most important newspaper in NSW you’ve probably never heard of

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Header of the Queanbeyan Times, Fri 20 April 1888, State Library of New South Wales

In 1879, John Allan “Jack” O’Neill established the Queanbeyan Times newspaper in one of the most important ventures in Australian publishing history. The Times was eloquent and advanced – as well  as giving rise to some of the most significant writers, journalists and politicians in Australia and New Zealands’ history, it reported on new discoveries in science and in its Centennial edition in 1888, while most of Australia was following the colonial line, the Times recognised the first peoples as the original owners of the land, publishing a stanza lamenting their demise.

The O’Neill’s of Queanbeyan contains a detailed history of the paper, a taste of which can be gained from the following excerpts –

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