90 years of the Times: Advocating for Lower Eyre Peninsula

This week marks 90 years since the first edition of the Port Lincoln Times was published.

It was a very different world in 1927 and the newspaper industry, like all industries, has undergone many changes since then but one thing has stayed the same – the community is still the heart of the paper.

Going through the archives of the Times in recent weeks, the number of stories that echo the news of today stands out.

The Times has been telling the stories of record crops and low rainfall, fishing industry successes and failures, new developments, extreme weather events, visiting dignitaries, sporting achievements and council controversies since the very beginning.

There are also many familiar faces who have been gracing the pages of the Times for years, sometimes decades.

It is impossible to do justice to the breadth of news and events the Port Lincoln Times has covered over the past 90 years in just 12 pages.

By way of an introduction for readers, the first editorial published in the Port Lincoln Times on August 5, 1927 set out its aim.

The aim of a newspaper should be to entertain and instruct by giving the whole of the news of the district which it serves and to give it brightly, briefly, accurately and completely.

Port Lincoln Times editorial - August 5, 1927

“The aim of a newspaper should be to entertain and instruct by giving the whole of the news of the district which it serves and to give it brightly, briefly, accurately and completely.

“The Port Lincoln Times hopes to achieve that aim on Eyre Peninsula.”

That first editorial said the Eyre Peninsula was on the threshold of great developments – something which is also true today – and promised to give voice to the difficulties confronting the men responsible for that development, “the hardworking farmer and pastoralist”, until those difficulties were removed.

A lot has changed since then, from the challenges the region faces to the more diverse range of people confronting those challenges, but the Port Lincoln Times maintains that aim – to be an advocate for the region and address the issues that are important to its people.