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The Riverine Grazier

First issue of The Riverine Grazier, 29 October 1873

The Riverine Grazier[1] is an English language newspaper published in Hay, New South Wales from 1873. The paper absorbed the Riverina Times, Hay Standard and Journal of Water Conservation in October 1902.[2]


The first issue of The Riverine Grazier was on 29 October 1873. The paper was published every Wednesday and could be subscribed to for £1 per year. It contained agricultural information, news and advertisements for goods and services in the area.[3]

Its founder was John Andrew; it was purchased in 1888 by James Ashton M.L.C. (previously a compositor with the Hay Standard then a clerk with Cramsie, Bowden and Co.) and John Johnston O.B.E. (ca.1864 – 29 October 1939) who was previously an accountant with Cobb and Co. then branch manager for the Equitable Assurance Company, of New Zealand.

In 1902 it moved to new premises opposite Tattersall's Hotel, Hay, and shortly afterwards purchased and incorporated the Riverina Times (previously the Hay Standard).[4]


The following individuals have held the position of editor:

Name Term start Term end Term Ref
John Andrew 1883 (1883) 1888 (1888) 5 years
John Johnston* OBE 1888 (1888) 1939 (1939) 51 years
Gavin Johnston Snr 1939 (1939) 1975 (1975) 36 years
Gavin Johnston* Jnr 1975 (1975) 1995 (1995) 20 years
Tertia Butcher 1995 Incumbent (Incumbent) 29 years
  • Died while editor


The various versions of the paper have been digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program project hosted by the National Library of Australia.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954)". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "State Library of NSW Catalogue". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Trove". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Obituary". The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954). Hay, NSW: National Library of Australia. 3 November 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Newspaper Digitisation Program". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2014.


  • Holden, W Sprague 1961, Australia goes to press, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
  • Mayer, Henry 1964, The press in Australia, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne.
  • Walker, R B 1976, The newspaper press in New South Wales 1803-1920, Sydney University Press, Sydney.
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