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Alternative title: The Monaro Mercury, and Kiandra Advertiser; Monaro Mercury
Issue Details: First known date: 1861... 1861 The Manaro Mercury, and Kiandra Advertiser
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A public meeting in Cooma on 23 February 1861 resolved that ' funds be provided to the extent of £300 as an inducement to the proprietors of the Alpine Pioneer to remove the plant of that journal to Cooma and for indemnifying the said proprietors for the expenditure of moneys necessary for carrying out and perfecting the undertaking'.

The Alpine Pioneer was owned by J. and T. Garrett and it is probable that the Garretts (or at least Thomas Garrett) initially set up the Mercury in Cooma. In its early life, the newspaper was managed by Messers Dixon and Hardie and then by Richard Taylor. In 1864, the paper was acquired by Thomas William Heney, a printer and the father of poet and journalist T. W. Heney. Heney was assisted by his cousin G. W. Spring.. Following Heney's death in 1875, Spring took full control until he sold his interest in the paper to W. M. Madgwick in 1889. A decade later, Madgwick sold the Monaro Mercury to F. C. Hogg who remained as proprietor until 1931.

Source: Monaro Pioneers, (transcribed by Patrick Mould from Felix Mitchell, 'Back to Cooma' Celebrations (1926): 100)


  • References exist to two newspapers using the title Monaro Mercury. Trove Australia and the State Library of New South Wales refer to the The Manaro (or Monaro) Mercury, and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser while the only published prospectus traced to date (2013) is for the Monaro Mercury, and Kiandra Advertiser. (For the latter, see for example, the Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser (26 March 1861): 3.)

    Library holdings are extremely rare, however research by AustLit will continue in an attempt to establish whether there is only one newspaper with variant spellings and sub-titles (the most likely scenario) or two different newspapers.

    Publication details appearing on this AustLit record match those in the published prospectus.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1861-1931
    • Cooma, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,: W. M. Madgwick , 1889-1899 .
      • Madgwick apparently left Cooma in 1898. The date of his disposal of the proprietorship of the Monaro Mercury is either 1898 or 1899.
    • Cooma, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,: F. C. Hogg , 1899-1931 .

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

Weekly (Friday)
12 April 1861 - 1931
Alpine Pioneer and Kiandra Advertiser
6s (in advance) or 7s per quarter
Includes advertising
Last amended 25 Sep 2013 10:22:25
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