About the Paper
The Fraser Coast Chronicle has been one of the fastest growing newspapers in Australia for the last three years. It is a newspaper with attitude: lively, full of personality, questioning authorities and highlighting the region's finest attributes through original writing and polished photography.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle is the leading source of local news for the region. It sets the agenda and frequently goes in to bat on behalf of readers who have been unfairly disadvantaged. In addition to covering local events, the Chronicle's wire service provides a bird's eye view of Australia and the world events each day. It has a comprehensive sports coverage and daily columnists, crossword, comics, opinions, peeks at history and show business snips.
It takes its role of delivering serious information seriously but it adds much more to the daily diet of its readers. Entertaining articles, interesting snippets and amusing anecdotes or items are found throughout the pages of the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Special weekly features: Jobmart on Monday; What's On Diary and Cheap Tuesday bargains; My Place Wednesday; TV guide Thursday; real estate Friday; Weekend reading Saturday.
Queen Victoria was 41 and still had 41 years to rule when Charles Buzacott printed the first Chronicle in Maryborough, a four-page tabloid, in his slab hut in Lennox Street in November, 1860. It sold for sixpence and was eagerly read from Gayndah to Childers to Gympie.
In 1863 Buzacott sold his interests to William Swain Roberts and Joseph Robinson, who set out to "reflect the community's wants and opinions while boldly and distinctly enunciating our own views". As the rough river town turned into a respectable city, its newspaper became a bi-weekly in 1864, a tri-weekly in 1868 and a daily in 1882.
In 1867 Mr Roberts became sole proprietor and managing editor. A Scot, Andrew Dunn from Toowoomba, joined the Chronicle in 1885, beginning a long association with the Dunn family. Through war, flood and fire the presses rolled, although, as one edition reports, it was touch and go in the fearful 1893 flood: "We must confess that at this hour (3am) as we are going to press the state of the flood and events just reported completely upset our anticipation of comparative safety."
Circulation growth brought the price down to twopence in 1901 and a penny in 1903.
After several shifts, Bazaar Street became the Chronicle's new home in 1957; it now has a substantial office in Hervey Bay as well. In 1966 the Chronicle changed from broadsheet to tabloid and in 1977 it moved to offset printing.