Australian Scholarly Editions Centre Projects (ASEC)

History of the Book in Australia Conference 1999

Local Newspapers - Local Identities
Friday 1 - Sunday 3 October 1999
Chiltern (northeast Victoria)

An activity of the HOBA (History of the Book in Australia) project, this conference aims to explore the many parts played by Australian country and regional newspapers in the establishment and growth of local and regional identity, particularly before the advent of radio and television. Expressions of interest in offering a paper and/ or participating are invited.

Themes of the Conference

The history of country newspapers in Australia Journalism and journalists in rural Australia The functions and significance of newspapers in Australian country towns Gaps in research in Australian newspaper and journalism history.

Chiltern and the Federal Standard Printing Works

The weekend conference will take place in the heritage town of Chiltern in northeastern Victoria. Chiltern is home to the Federal Standard Printing Works. Now owned by the National Trust (Victoria), this building was erected circa 1860 specifically to accommodate the Federal Standard newspaper office and printing works. One of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper offices of the gold-mining era in Victoria, it still houses the printing equipment that was used to produce the Federal Standard until its closure in 1969. Chiltern's longest running paper, it first appeared on 24 August 1859 as the Chiltern Standard, changing its name to the Federal Standard the following year. The Local Newspapers - Local Identities conference in 1999 will also be an occasion to mark the 140th anniversary of the Federal Standard's beginnings. Chiltern is about three hours drive north from Melbourne, midway between Wangaratta and Wodonga. lt is accessible by rail and coach and is about 20 minutes drive from Albury Airport. A wide range of accommodation is available in Chiltern and in neighbouring areas.

Associated Activities

  1. Tour of the Federal Standard Printing Works
  2. Demonstrations of printing and typesetting equipment at the Federal Standard Printing Works
  3. Walking tour of historic Chiltern

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest should be directed to:

Associate Professor Ross Harvey
Head, Dept of Information Studies
Curtin University of Technology
GPO U1987 Perth, WA 6845
Phone: (08) 9266-7430 Fax: (08) 9266-3152
Email: Dr. Elizabeth Morrison
2/5 Glenroy Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
Phone: (03) 9819-0510

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