The Queensland Times was first published on July 4 1859
under the name The Ipswich Herald. New owners took over
two years later and the name was changed to The Queensland
Times on October 8 1861. After many years of ownership by
local families, it is now part of APN (Australian Provincial
its first issue, The Queensland Times (then called
the Ipswich Herald) published momentous news: it issued
a special new-sheet which announced that Queen Victoria
had agreed to establish a separate colony "Queensland".
Ipswich Herald first appeared on July 4 1859, launched
by four partners Walter Gray, H.M. Cockburn, Arthur Macalister
(later Premier of Queensland) and John Rankin.
editor and publisher was Edmund Gregory who had come from
the Sydney Morning Herald to manage the new paper.
of the Herald's aims was to agitate for separation
from New South Wales - but this was achieved on the eve
of the paper's first issue.
two years, Gregory had left to join the Moreton Bay Courier
(now known as The Courier Mail) and the paper had
been sold to three former employees of a rival newspaper
The North Australian - Hugh Parkinson, F. Kidner
and J. Sloman.
appointed a new editor J.C. Thompson and renamed the paper
The Queensland Times, stating "It is our wish not
only to represent Ipswich and its neighbourhood but to represent
the interests of Queensland generally." The first edition
under the new name appeared on October 8 1861.
spite of this ambitious intention, it was the local region
that The Queensland Times represented and the presence
of a reporter from "The QT" became an Ipswich institution.
the motor car was commonly used, young reporters rode out
into the country on bicycles or made longer journeys by
train. Norol Devon Kippen, who retired as deputy editor in 1980,
recalled that he travelled to Esk Shire Council meetings
by goods train, writing his stories on a portable typewriter
on the way back.
paper also established a network of "Country Correspondents"
who sent in reports of daily activities in their small communities.
the story has not always been easy. During the 1893 Floods,
Ipswich was isolated and The Queensland Times reporters
undertook a dangerous trip to Brisbane in a small boat to
find out what was happening.
much of its life, the paper has been a family affair and
many names have been associated with its ownership or operation
for several generations including Stephensons, Parkinsons,
Kippens and Cooks.
were very high and a young reporter of early 1900s recalled
"Mr Stephenson used to get the first copy off the press
delivered to him. He used to go through and write his comments
and send them down to us for our edification."
well-known early staff member Tom Barker, was born in Ipswich
in the 1850s and wrote many important historical articles
under the names "Red Gum" and "Old Sport". The editor at
the time of Federation was John Woolley.
pressures of modern media and the cost of modern technology
eventually made this type of local operation difficult.
The paper became a company, then joined with other regional
papers to form Provincial Newspaper of Queensland (PNQ).
group was eventually purchased by Haswell in 1988. Later
that same year, its name was changed to APN - Australian