The South Australian Advertiser 'was founded by the Rev. John Henry Barrow. Barrow was a Congregational pastor, member of parliament, ex-Register journalist, and a nephew of Charles Dickens. Sir Henry Ayers was the first chairman of the board of the newspaper.
'The earliest issues of the Advertiser were slim four-page productions. The weekly Chronicle was founded at the same time as the Advertiser, as its weekend newspaper.
'From 1863 the company also published an evening newspaper, the Express. Following Barrow's death in 1874, another Congregational minister, William Harcus, became editor.
'In 1879 John Langdon Bonython joined the Advertiser as a cadet journalist, and in a short time rose to become editor.'
>Source: SA Memory website, http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=2531