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1888 newspaper heralded by meteor!

April 12, 2016

On 1 May 1888, James Clayton established the Bush Advocate newspaper, a first for the area and much appreciated by the early settlers.  It covered the area from Waipawa, Hawke’s Bay to Dannevirke, Tararua District – although at the time, that area was all considered southern Hawke’s Bay.  In 1901, new owners renamed it the Dannevirke Advocate, and in 1912, it was sold and merged with the Dannevirke Evening News paper.

Microfilm copies of this paper are stored at Dannevirke Library, however, it’s also available digitally via New Zealand National Library’s Papers Past site www.paperspast.natlib.govt.nz as is the Woodville Examiner (1883-1920).  The Woodville Examiner (1883-1938) is available on microfilm at Woodville Library also.

The advent of the newspaper was heralded by a blazing meteor, wonderfully described in following article.  It’s quite fascinating to read through some of the news, opinions and adverts of the past, and of course, there are many other older newspapers also stored on Papers Past.

Bush Advocate 8 May 1888 Vol. 1 Issue 1.

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