The Fremantle Journal and General Advertiser is the first newspaper to be published in Western Australia. The 27 February 1830 issue, stated by the reviewer in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (29 April 1830): 2 as the first issue, is a single hand written sheet probably copied a number of times. The review gives the price of the newspaper and describes the content noting that the Fremantle Journal is hand written and that the '... leading article is a brief and becoming entré, bespeaking the candid consideration of the public, intimating that the embryo journal was patronised by the Lieutenant Governor, and stating that a supply of printing materials was expected soon from London.' The reviewer also observed that the editor gave an opinion on the 'usefulness of newspapers'.
Epigraph: He that has much to do, will do something wrong, and of that wrong must suffer the consequences ; and if it were possible that he should always act rightly, yet when such numbers are to judge of his conduct, the bad will censure and obstruct him by malevolence, and the good sometimes by mistake. - Dr Johnson
(The epigraph is quoted in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser with the comment 'The Editor has adopted for his motto that excellent observation of Dr Johnson ...')