Port Adelaide News (1878-1883), Port Adelaide
The founding editor of the Port Adelaide News was Captain David Scott. But after the bankruptcy of the founding company an experienced printer and journalist, Edwin Derrington, took over and doubled the newspaper’s size. From late in 1878 advertisements appear for a literary supplement, but copies of this were not retained in the State Library set. The newspaper contains editorials regarding topical issues such as the proposal for an Outer Harbour in 1878, the question of Chinese immigration to South Australia, and the activities of the Kelly Gang in the eastern colonies. It had regular sports reports, and news summaries. Under Derrington news items were printed on the front page – an unusual practice at the time, when advertisements generally appeared there. Proposals to build port facilities at Marino in competition with Port Adelaide brought fiery condemnation in the newspaper.