Kumara Times

Kumara Times

Online Periodical or Article - 1876-1917
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An obituary in the Evening Post on 26th August 1901 reported the death of the Hon James Kerr, '...a pioneer of the West Coast, founder of the Kumara Times, part proprietor of the Grey River Argus, and a prominent figure in local politics...chair of the Westland Education Board and the Greymouth Harbour Board, and a member of the Borough Council'. Kerr was born in Scotland in 1834, went to Australia in 1858, and joined Julius Vogel on the Otago Daily Times in 1861. He established the Grey River Argus in 1865, favoured liberalism in its truest form, and was an ardent and keen supporter of Richard Seddon and the Liberal Party. Charles Janion (1830-1902) owned the Kumara Times from 1883-1896, and sold it to Messrs Benyon and Richards, who ran the newspaper until 31 July 1917, when it closed. Janion, incidentally, developed Seddon's idea of a New Zealand Year Book, and edited the 1893 edition. There are 11,732 pages of the Kumara Times in 20 cloth-covered cardboard folios, each with its own shelf in the Hokitika Museum's periodical room. They represent 50% of the first 20 years of the paper's publication, of some years there are only 6 months of copy, and other years are entirely missing. There are no traces of the last 20 years of copies, many were lost in a Kumara fire.
Publisher: [Kumara, N.Z.] :, [J, Kerr, etc.],, [1876-1917]
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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