Wednesday, February 20, 2019


oms oe sob

Friday, February 15, 2019

Your Gazette Pet

That's a riff on an album I can't remember called Your Cassette Pet. Might have been Bow Wow Wow.

Anyhow we drew a blank getting to the bottom of what made the journal and magazine as, even though both are long out of copyright, there's no copy I could find online of those vital first issues.

Pointless postulating on past Post. I thought I would try to round up all the gazettes in Australia, since they held this dual role of being 'any newspaper' (the kind I expect to find this go round) and government records of all things official.
Apparently there were too many New South Wales papers, being the oldest colony, so one is directed to a separate page. In the meantime, one could surmise that hip Melbourne finds it too archaic; the gazettes there have all closed.
Regional Victoria still has
and once had
Western Australia had no newspapers of that name and South Australia has only South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register, sounding rather like the other kind of gazette, and then there's the defunct Kapunda Herald which had a section called The Midlands Gazette.

Tasmania dispensed with gazette titling after The Hobart Town Gazette (1816-1821)

Northern Territory News appears to be the only paper still running in the Top End. Past publications include Darwin papers The North Australian and Northern Territory Government Gazette, and The Northern Territory Times and Gazette,  who dropped the last part in 1927 and closed altogether in 1932.

New South Wales

has hundreds of newspapers as the all-knowing Wikipedia has pointed out. Even ignoring the import of those called gazettes, the state publishes far in excess of other Australian states.

NSW Gazettes NSW Gazettes
Australian Women's Guild of Empire Gazette
The Barraba Gazette
Barraba Gazette
The Barrier weekly post : Broken Hill, Wilcannia & White Cliffs Gazette
The Bingera Telegraph and Warialda Gazette
The Blue Mountain Gazette
Blue Mountains Gazette
Collarenebri Gazette
Crookwell Gazette
The Daily gazette of commercial, shipping and customs news
Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette
Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate
The Empire gazette
Finley Mail and Southern Riverina Gazette
The Glebe Gazette, Forest Lodge, Pyrmont and Ultimo Advertiser
The Gloucester Gazette and Lower Hunter and Williams River Advocate
Greta and Branxton Gazette
Guardian Gazette
Hastings Gazette
Hastings Shire Gazette
The Hawkesbury Gazette
The Hillgrove Guardian and New England Mining Gazette
The Hunter River gazette and journal of agriculture, commerce, politics, and news
The Kiama Pilot, Shoalhaven Gazette and impartial reporter
The Lake Macquarie Gazette
Lockhart Leader and Urana Gazette
Manly Gazette and Pittwater Express
The Morpeth Gazette and Hunter River District Guardian
The Morpeth Leader and East and West Maitland Gazette
The Mountain Gazette
The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette
Namoi Echo and Wee Waa Gazette
The Port Stephens Gazette
The Pyrmont and Ultimo Gazette
Quirindi Gazette and Liverpool Plains Advocate
Shipping and Insurance Gazette and Mercantile Gazette
The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List
The Sportsman and Licensed Victuallers' Gazette
The Standard of Freedom and Wellington Gazette
Sydney Pickwick, Sporting Chronicle and Police Gazette
The Tenterfield Argus and New England Gazette
Tenterfield Independent and New England Gazette
Wauchope Gazette

The Wellington Gazette and Western Districts Advertiser
Windsor and Richmond Gazette
The Wyalong Advocate and Mining, Agricultural and Pastoral Gazette

Friday, February 08, 2019


I thought of gazettes as being newspapers and have been called such in England and France since the 17th century but it as early as 1665 that The Oxford Gazette came to indicate a public journal of the government. It later changed its name to The London Gazette. Other publications like Royal Thai Government Gazette (1851) serve the same function.

 The government of the United Kingdom requires government gazettes of its member countries. Publication of the Edinburgh Gazette, the official government newspaper in Scotland, began in 1699. The Dublin Gazette of Ireland followed in 1705, but ceased when the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom in 1922; the Iris Oifigiúil (Irish: Official Gazette) replaced it. The Belfast Gazette of Northern Ireland published its first issue in 1921.

Australian gazettes

Monday, February 04, 2019

Wnat's in an aim

It's looking more and more likely that the major distinguishing feature of The Gentleman's Magazine is that it was the first to call itself a magazine.

The journals and gazettes that preceded it differ more in what they were called or the size of their audience or whatever other theory a good paper can come up with.

They were prestigious nonetheless with a distinguished role call of authors associated with the periodical.

Journals are free to roam back before their existence through website Sixteenth Century Journal

 Le Journal des Sçavans is generally cited as the first scientific journal (1665)

 The neatest encapsulation is this lesson in literary development where we are reminded not only of Shakespeare and Milton and Aphra Behn but as they put it, perhaps to put us in the moment, 'English arrives in North America 1608'. This was the year of King Lear and a year prior to Avisa Relation oder Zeitung

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Earlier eighteenth century periodicals (but not magazines) were The Spectator (1711-14) and Vetusta Monumenta, illustrated antiquarian papers at intermittent levels (1718-1906)

while The London Magazine (1732-1785), The Bee (1733-1735), Lloyds List (1734 and still going strong) and The Scots Magazine (1739-1826) all followed hot on its heels.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Feel loss off fees

The next questions to ask, if we do want to adopt a mode of inquiry as seems appropriate to the subject, are "What was in that first ever magazine?" "What was in that first journal that made it philosophical and/or literary?" "What was in the magazines and journals published between 1663 and 1731 that made them still specialist and where did they branch off from more philosophical or literary concerns?" "What made The Gentleman's Magazine general [in a way that none were before]?"

Johann von Rist was the author responsible for much of the content of  Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen which ran from 1663 to 1668. Rist was a poet and theologian and the title of the magazine translates as 'Edifying Monthly Discussions'

It is a good thing for the history books that Le Mercure Galant is described as the first fashion journal (1672) as "the gazette (which appeared irregularly) featured poems, anecdotes, news, marriages, gossip, theatre and art reviews, songs, and fashion reviews."

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fill loss of fee

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The reason I didn't raise philosophy the first two times we gazed at that first magazine is possibly a deep rooted fear of overdoing the philosophy since I am using various aspects of philosophy to inform my hyperlink choices and I took Philosophy as a minor, studying subjects like Practical Ethics and Critical Thinking.

This is philosophy we're talking about, not psychology so fears are verboten.

While not intrinsic to other forms in the way literature is, philosophy nonetheless appears in the spotlight in theatre, argues its purpose with poetry, remonstrates in fiction - including the time before novels. But for literary or philosophical concerns to be considered popular there would not be this supposed gap of sixty eight years before the first general interest magazine appeared; the general interest would already be there.  Now I'm further perplexed by a wiki entry that has Nouvelles de la république des lettres as the first literary journal, published in 1684. This is twenty one years after  Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen

Either someone decided that Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen was strictly philosophy-based or this speaks to the error potential of Wikipedia. Moving on.

Before we find ourselves querying whether there's a philosophy literary journal in the lunchbox of piper - 1st shift (or what use that data is other than giving us false hopes that it is not predominantly philosophers and scribes, academics and critics who read these things) it follows that philosophy churns away in the background in all the subsequent media: film, radio, television and World Wide Web. It's there in song and music generally.
The reader receives philosophy masked in the dictates of the story or essay, conveyed in lines spoken by the main character. It is there but not consumed 'raw' as it were.

On the other hand, many poets and philosophers are put to work in other pursuits as I can only too easily attest.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Phil ossifies

Philosophy journals

Little matter if a search for Journal of Philosophy turns up a page from Synthese, this is only a small sample.

It is more than a little gratifying to find Australasian Journal of Philosophy determined to be in the first tier of philosophy journals among philosophers.

Worth noting how difficult it is to be accepted, if you happen to be a philosopher submitting papers for publication.