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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1838
Notes:

The name of the publisher varies.

Some early issues state: 'Published by E. H. Statham, York Street, Sydney'. However, by July 1838 Edward Smith Hall and Francis O'Brien were jointly listed as the publishers, printers and proprietors. From 1 July 1839, the publisher and proprietor was listed simply as 'Francis O'Brien & Co.' and while the newspaper was still printed at York Street, the place of publication was changed to George Street.

On 2 April 1841, the name of Francis O'Brien disappeared from the Monitor's pages, and the proprietor's name appeared as 'George O'Brien & Co.'.

Notes:
Digitised issues available for the period 3 October 1838 to 29 December 1841. (Correct as of 16 October 2013.)
Link: Web Resource Digital copy of print publication via Australian Newspapers (AN) Service
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: George O'Brien , 1840-1841 .
      Note/s:
        • Published and printed by George O'Brien for the editor and proprietor Francis O'Brien (1840 - 31 March 1841).
        • Published and printed at the Monitor Office, Lower George-Street, by the proprietors George O'Brien & Co.(2 April - 29 December 1841).
        • Moved to Lower George Street in December 1840.

Works about this Work

L'Envoy 1841 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 29 December vol. 16 no. 2005 1841; (p. 2)

The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser announces that: 'This morning we make our parting bow to the Readers of the Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser published three times a week, at a cost to the Subscriber of fifteen shillings per quarter, and on Saturday morning next, the first day of a new, and as we hope and trust, of a prosperous year to the Colony, we shall make our appearance under the old name, but as a full sized WEEKLY JOURNAL, intended from the nature and variety of its contents, and from the low price of its subscription, to insure an extensive circulation both In Town and in Country.'

The Monitor intended to publish a 'good reading paper', suitable for 'lady readers', and re-printing the prose and verse of the 'unapproachable writings of the Mother Country'.

The new paper was projected to begin on 1 January 1842. It appears this did not occur.

The Herald's Notions of Free Discussion 1841 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 24 December vol. 16 no. 2003 1841; (p. 2)
The Herald and Its Protestant Advocacy George O'Brien , 1841 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commerical Advertiser , 25 October vol. 16 no. 1978 1841; (p. 2)
Dr. Polding and the Chronicle George O'Brien , 1841 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 1 October vol. 16 no. 1968 1841; (p. 2)
Dr Polding and the Chronicle George O'Brien , 1841 single work column
Untitled Edwyn Henry Statham , Francis O'Brien , 1838 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 18 June vol. 13 no. 1205 1838; (p. 2)
E. H. Statham and Francis O'Brien introduce themselves as the new editors of the Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser. The two men state that they have 'many years' experience in conducting "the Press"' and outline their plans for the newspaper's content. They intend to present 'the latest information respecting markets, shipping, and commercial affairs' and note that Hall will continue to write 'the political and agricultural articles'.
The Australasian Chronicle 1840 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 27 March vol. 15 no. 1481 1840; (p. 2)
Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser 1840 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 30 March vol. 15 no. 1482 1840; (p. 4)
The writer for the Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser refutes the claim, published in the Sydney Gazette, that the Monitor is moving to New Zealand. The Monitor includes a letter from George W. Robertson, editor of the Gazette, explaining and apologising for the error.
Untitled 1841 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser , 5 April vol. 16 no. 1891 1841; (p. 2)

The Sydney Monitor responds to the Sydney Herald's statement that the Monitor, after briefly publishing as a daily newspaper, was 'forced to revert to the old days of publication [i.e. three times per week] at the commencement of the present year'.

The Monitor claims that the Herald's use of the expression 'forced to revert' indicates a desire to 'speak invidiously' of the Monitor. The Monitor column goes on to enumerate the ways in which it has previously found fault with the Herald and consequently suspects the Herald's motives. The Monitor then continues its campaign against what it sees as the dubious moral judgement of the Herald's proprietors.

Typographical Taste 1841 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 April vol. 8 no. 939 (New Series) 1841; (p. 2)
The writer for the Australian accuses the lead writer for the Monitor of being over-zealous in his use of the 'dash'.

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 1837-3828
Frequency:
Varies
Range:
Vol. 13 no.1205 (18 June 1838) - 29 December 1842
Continues:
The Sydney Monitor (1828-1838)
Continued by:
Note:
Motto: Ships, Colonies & Commerce.

Has serialised

Deposition, Edward John Eyre , 1841 single work column
Marian : A True and Pathetic Story, W. H. (fl. 1839) , 1839 single work short story
Stories of an Exile : No.1 : The Ford of the Emu Plains, Eliza Hamilton Dunlop , 1839 single work short story
The 'Herald' and Its Moral Pretensions, 1841 single work column
The writer for the Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser takes issue with the Sydney Herald over the latter's publication of a letter by a 'Factory Woman' (i.e. a female convict). In the Monitor's view such a step makes the Herald unfit to hold a reputable position among the public.
Western Australia : From the Southern Australian, William Nairne Clark , 1841 single work correspondence
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