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NL Newspapers

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The Conception-Bay Man 03 Sep 1856 - 16 Feb 1859
The Conception-Bay Man published foreign and domestic news, shipping news, poetry, literature and advertisements. The paper described its role as follows, "It matters not whether the government be in the hands of Whigs or Tories, Liberals or Conservatives, all are subject to venality and all require the constant supervision of an independent and uncompromising public press" (May 6, 1857). Liberal in outlook itself, the paper had little use for the "self styled Liberals" in the Little government whom it saw as complacent, free-spending, corrupt and ineffective. The editor took a dim view of their programs for free trade, direct steam communication and the telegraph, but was proud to be the first paper to record the completion of the Transatlantic Cable in 1858.

The Confederate Volumes 1..14 for 1948

The Enterprise 21 Oct 1896 - 03 Nov 1897
The Enterprise was a heavily illustrated paper that offered many cartoons and engravings of Newfoundland scenes, as well as local and foreign news, serial fiction, music, and advertisements. The publication proportedly "was not entered upon through any political expediency, but purely as a business venture" (Oct. 21, 1896) by John Furneaux, who was also published the Evening Mercury during the same time period. The editorials were progressive, supporting fisheries, economic and tax reforms. The Enterprise discontinued publication after a year because of "not having received the support anticipated" (Nov. 3, 1897).

Fishermen's Advocate Published Coakerville, St. John's and Port Union N.L 1910-1980
The Fishermen's Advocate is a newspaper of the Fishermen's Protective Union.

The Independent Volumes 1..14 for 1948

Mercantile Journal 26 Oct 1816

The Mercury And General Advertiser 03 Feb 1846 to 15 Oct 1846
The Mercury and General Advertiser published local, domestic and foreign news, poetry, "tales of an interesting and moral character", legislative proceedings, shipping and fishing news, letters, and advertisements. The editorials were politically neutral supporting temperance and the establishment of Carbonear as a free port.

Morning Advertiser and Shipping Gazette 1844-1845
The Morning Advertiser contained news and other items extracted from foreign journals, local news, legislative proceedings, shipping lists, public notices, poetry, fiction and advertisements. No editorial commentary was included in its pages.

The Morning Herald 1879-1880
The Morning Herald contained foreign and domestic news, fiction, poetry, advertisements, public notices and thoughtful editorials. A typical example was an editorial of Nov. 28, 1879 which called for two lockups for prisoners awaiting trial, one on each end of the city, instead of only one. "Often we have seen hundreds of persons following one prisoner for nearly a mile, and he, probably, degraded through the mud or slob for half that distance."

The Newfoundland Times. 06 Sept 1941 to 20 Dec 1941
"A Newfoundland news digest for U. S. Newfoundlanders" this paper was a successor to the Newfoundland Weekly previously published in Boston.

The Newfoundlander. 06 Oct 1934 to 20 Dec 1934
The Newfoundlander contained domestic news, court cases, legislative proceedings, poetry and prose, extensive foreign news, shipping and fishing news, public notices and advertisements. Although it had a lively correspondence column, theNewfoundlander refrained from editorial commentary on domestic politics until the 1840's. The Newfoundlander was Liberal and Catholic in its editorial policy and disagreed with the Public Ledger and later, the Express, on many issues. In 1843, it opposed the Colleges Bill which would set up separate denominational educational systems. The paper often expressed concern with the widespread poverty, especially in the outports.

The paper was eager for the return of Representative Government and had little patience with the opponents of Responsible Government who it found to be "thoroughly English in their predilections and antipathies" (Apr. 8, 1848). E. D. Shea, who now controlled the paper, became a member of the Legislature in 1848 and, except for the period from 1869 to 1873, served until his death in 1913. Initially cautious about reciprocal free trade with the United States, by 1856 he felt it would be a remedy to many of the Colony's economic problems. The Newfoundlander was the chief opposition paper during the Hoyles a dministration but in 1865, Shea was appointed Financial Secretary in the Carter cabinet.

The Newfoundlander had by this time become the principal Confederate newspaper and, with its old rival, the Express, a major opponent of the Charles Fox Bennett administration. The Chronicle, felt to be Bennett's mouthpiece, was the main adversary until 1881 and, after that, the Evening Telegram. Shea became Colonial Secretary in the second Carter administration and enthusiastically supported the railway. The paper opposed the New Party and supported the Whiteway government until it ceased publication at the end of 1884.

Morning Despatch. Published St. John's N.L. 1892-?
The first issue was published on July 13, 1892, a few days after the Great Fire.

Newfoundland Patriot Published St. John's N.L. 1833-1890

Our Country 25 Aug 1883 - 14 May 1885
Our Country contained local and foreign news, proceedings of the legislative assembly, advertisements, serial fiction and other features. Intended to take the place of the Public Ledger, it was an exponent of the Reform Party and opposed the Whiteway administration, particularly in reference to the matter of the railway. It suspended publication from May 1884 to April 1885. It resumed publication for a short time, during which it was entirely devoted to the official report of the Legislative proceedings.

Plaindealer Published St. John's N.L. 1907 - June 1922
It began as a monthly magazine, changed to a fortnightly and then became a weekly newspaper.

The St. John's Free Press And Daily Advertiser, The St. John's Free Press And Semi-Weekly Advertiser 21 Apr 1877 - 22 Jul 1878
The St. John's Free Press contained domestic and foreign news, shipping news, court proceedings, public notices, poetry and advertisements. The editorials encouraged the development of the colony's natural resources, supported the railway, and opposed Confederation.

Other Newspapers on the DAI
The Colonist 1886-1892
The Daily News 1955-1963
Evening Telegram (1879-1926)
Le Gaboteur 1984-present
Harbor Grace Standard 1859-1901
Morning Courier 1845-1854
St. John's Daily Star (1915-1921)
Southern Gazette (1975)
The Twillingate Sun 1880-1953
The Western Star (1900-1952)

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