Northern Argus turns 150 this year

First front page.

First front page.

As Northern Argus heads into 2019 it will mark a joyous occasion. 

Northern Argus will celebrate 150 years since its inception on February 19, 1869 and you’ll notice a few new columns in the paper. 

Each month you’ll see a flashback story, featured on this page, p4, telling the tales of times gone by – a celebration in February will also be held. 

Throughout the years, the Argus has faced many challenges and changes – from hand-set type to today with computer technology and a strong digital presence. 

Initial owner, Henry Hammond Tilbrook wrote in his first editorial: "We come forward with no flourish of trumpets, we put forth no high-sounding policy; our aim will be to 'be just and fear not' and our convictions we shall maintain with independence of spirit and outspoken candour."

From humble beginnings at its original site in a shed on Clare's Victoria Road, the Argus moved to 245 Main North Road in the centre of the town, on the corner of Ness Street, where it stayed for 135 years. 

The Tilbrook family print the Northern Argus. The business was purchased by Rural Press in 1996, which then later merged with Fairfax Media in 2007.

The Tilbrook family print the Northern Argus. The business was purchased by Rural Press in 1996, which then later merged with Fairfax Media in 2007.

It then made a move to 181 Main North Road where it opened in 2005 and in 2016 it moved to 203 Main North Road, in the Old Town Hall, where it remains today. 

The Ness Street building was originally known as Gillen's Store, and was built specifically for use as a newspaper office.

A site was also occupied in the Eudunda Farmers building (now IGA supermarket) from 1927 to 1932 where the linotype was set and carried across the street.

As the district grew, so too did the Northern Argus.

Printing of Northern Argus was done in Clare before it was outsourced and for several years was printed at Kadina and brought back to Clare for delivery, but local printing recurred early in the 1990s when the paper was printed weekly on a Goss Community Webb Offset Press in Clare.

Fast forward a few years and the paper is now printed in Murray Bridge. 

With a succession of Tilbrooks at the helm, the Northern Argus successfully continued to reflect the news of the day for its base-town Clare and the Mid North Region.

In 1996 the newspaper was purchased from the Tilbrook family by Rural Press Ltd, and in 2007 Rural Press was merged with Fairfax Media.

Northern Argus archives are cared for by the Clare History Group and are available for the community to read.