Port Adelaide News

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The Port Adelaide News was a newspaper published in Port Adelaide, South Australia between 1876 and 1933 with various sub-titles, several breaks in publication and several periods of bi-weekly publication.


The Port Adelaide News had its origins in a company, one member being David Wylie Scott ( – 1887), the first editor, "— as true a gentleman as ever walked, but no journalist",[1] and went back to farming in 1878 when E. H. Derrington (1830–1899), founder of the Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser, acquired the Port Adelaide News, and was its owner-editor until 1883.[2] From 1882 Derrington also owned Adelaide Punch. He notoriously published in all three papers advertisements for Victorian sweepstakes.[3]

John Archibald Adey was appointed editor by Derrington.[4]

Sir William Sowden worked at the Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser, then was manager of the Port Adelaide News from 1879.

George Levisage Barrow (1851–1925), son of J. H. Barrow who founded The Advertiser, was sub-editor around 1882.

The paper was from the start printed by Frederick Wallage Kennedy, and when Derrington retired the Port Adelaide News was taken over by Kennedy, J. S. Jones and J. J. Styles,[5] though characterized as a commercial rather than a journalistic venture.[1]

The title was revived once again in 1913, printed and published by John Ernest Trotman, of Lipson-street, Port Adelaide.


The following issues have been digitised from photographic copies by the National Library of Australia and may be retrieved with Trove.

  • Port Adelaide Post Shipping Gazette, Farmers and Commercial Register (1876)
  • Port Adelaide News and Commercial and Shipping Gazette (Issues from Vol.I No.1 of 30 March 1878 to Vol.I No.29 of 12 October 1878.)
  • Port Adelaide News (Issues Vol.I No.30 of 19 October 1878 to Vol.VI No.452 of 7 December 1883)
  • Port Adelaide News and Lefevre's Peninsula Advertiser (Issues Vol.VI No. 453 of 11 December 1883 to Vol.XX No.1210 of 15 January 1897)
  • Port Adelaide News (Issues Vol.I No.I (new issue) of 9 January 1904 to Vol.I No.XXXIX of 1 October 1904)
  • Port Adelaide News (Issues Vol.1, No.1 of 15 August 1913 to Vol.19 No.46 of 27 January 1933)


  1. ^ a b "Scratchings in the City". Kapunda Herald. XXXIII, (2,855). South Australia. 15 January 1897. p. 3. Retrieved 6 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Neville Hicks, 'Derrington, Edwin Henry (1830–1899)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/derrington-edwin-henry-3399/text5073, published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Gambling Advertisements". South Australian Register. XLVIII, (11,497). South Australia. 19 September 1883. p. 4. Retrieved 6 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Mr. J. A. Adey Dead". The Advertiser (Adelaide). LVI, (17,115). South Australia. 23 August 1913. p. 20. Retrieved 6 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Mr. Frederick Wallage Kennedy,". The Observer (Adelaide). LXV, (3,458). South Australia. 11 January 1908. p. 38. Retrieved 6 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 

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