1840s Australian periodical mastheads

Via the National Library and the Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project, here is a selection of first edition mastheads from periodicals published between 1840 and 1845.

I particularly like The Bee of Australia which held on in the market for just two months.

“The bee still gathers sweets where flowerets spring, but knaves and fools beware – our bee can sting”

The Teetotal Advocate had previously gone under the banner of The Launceston Courier.  One wonders what prompted the name change.


The Bee of Australia

The Omnibus and Sydney Spectator

The Weekly Register

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