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Newfoundland Newspapers

The search box above will search all of the newspapers in the alphabetical list below.
The search box below will search the newspapers in the alphabetical list below PLUS these newspapers:

The Colonist, The Daily News, The Daily Star, The Evening Advocate, The Evening Herald, The Harbor Grace Standard, The Morning Courier, The Patriot And Terra-Nova Herald, The St. John's Daily News, The Telegram, The Twillingate Sun, The Western Star

Note: Descriptions of all newspapers came from Suzanne Ellison's Historical Directory of Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers (
Note: This is only a small selection of newspapers from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies ; many more remain to be digitized. For more information, inquire at

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Banner of Temperance Jan. 18, 1851 - Dec. 6, 1851 (12 issues)
Printed from the office of the Public Ledger, the Banner of Temperance devoted itself to the cause indicated by its title. It contained advice for teetotalers, tragic stories of the effects of liquor, original poetry on the subject and statistics on drunkenness in St. John's and other places. The paper was especially opposed to the liquor trade-- "It stands forth prominent as an incubus which weighs upon and stifles the better and more moral feelings of men, clinging to its human food with a pertinacity and determination fiendish in the extreme ..." (Apr. 26, 1851). Although the activities of the Sons of Temperance of Newfoundland featured prominently in its pages, the editor denied there being any connection between that organization and his paper.

The Carbonear Herald and Outport Telephone
Title varies:
Carbonear Herald and Outport Telephone, May 22, 1879 - Feb. 17, 1882. (120 issues)
Carbonear Herald and Railroad Journal, Mar. 17 - Aug. 26, 1882. (5 issues)
Publisher: J. A. Rochfort, May 22, 1879-Mar. 1880. E. J. Brennan, Mar. 1880-Aug. 26, 1882.
The Carbonear Herald carried domestic and foreign news, fishing and shipping news, legislative proceedings, religious news, advertisements, serial fiction and poetry. Although it said it would be "giving independent and generous support to the government", the editorials were mainly concerned with development of the colony and analysis of foreign affairs. The Herald was an enthusiastic supporter of the railway, roads, education, fire organizations, public improvements and home industry.

The Conception-Bay Man Sep. 3, 1856 - Feb. 16, 1859 (100 issues)
The Conception-Bay Man published foreign and domestic news, shipping news, poetry, literature and advertisements. The paper described its role as follows, "It matters not whether the government be in the hands of Whigs or Tories, Liberals or Conservatives, all are subject to venality and all require the constant supervision of an independent and uncompromising public press" (May 6, 1857). Liberal in outlook itself, the paper had little use for the "self styled Liberals" in the Little government whom it saw as complacent, free-spending, corrupt and ineffective. The editor took a dim view of their programs for free trade, direct steam communication and the telegraph, but was proud to be the first paper to record the completion of the Transatlantic Cable in 1858.

The Confederate Volumes 1..14 for Apr. 7 - July 16, 1948. (14 issues)
As its title implies, the Confederate devoted itself strictly to supporting Confederation with Canada immediately prior to the referendum on that matter. For the opposite viewpoint, see the Independent. The paper was registered by J. R. Smallwood under the name of F. Gordon Bradley. The editor, G. J. Power, became Smallwood's administrative assistant after Confederation.

The Daily Globe Daily (except Sunday), Dec. 16, 1924 - Apr. 26, 1926. Three times a week, Apr. 29 - June 5, 1926. (298 issues)
The Daily Globe printed local and foreign news, sports and advertisements, and claimed to be the first paper in Newfoundland to publish in colour. Editorially, the Daily Globe was "opposed politically from the first page of this and every subsequent issue to the last, to the Monroe administration and supports cheerfully and wholeheartedly the Liberal Party in Newfoundland (Dec. 16, 1924)."

The Daily Tribune Title varies:
Daily Tribune Nov. 4, 1892 - Dec. 2, 1893; (272 issues)
Tribune Dec. 6-30, 1893. (5 issues)
The Tribune published domestic and foreign news, court proceedings, fishing and shipping news, serial fiction, advertisements and other features. While not outspokenly Catholic, it offered extensive coverage of Catholic news. TheTribune opposed Confederation and, although a supporter of Whiteway, was concerned about the cost of railway extension. Published during the period of rebuilding St. John's after the Great Fire, the editorials discussed this topic in detail.

The Enterprise Oct. 21, 1896 - Nov. 3, 1897 (103 issues)
The Enterprise was a heavily illustrated paper that offered many cartoons and engravings of Newfoundland scenes, as well as local and foreign news, serial fiction, music, and advertisements. The publication proportedly "was not entered upon through any political expediency, but purely as a business venture" (Oct. 21, 1896) by John Furneaux, who was also published the Evening Mercury during the same time period. The editorials were progressive, supporting fisheries, economic and tax reforms. The Enterprise discontinued publication after a year because of "not having received the support anticipated" (Nov. 3, 1897).

Fishermen's Advocate Published Coakerville, St. John's and Port Union N.L 1910-1980 (5 issues)
The Fishermen's Advocate is a newspaper of the Fishermen's Protective Union.

The Independent Volumes 1..14 Mar. 22 - July 15, 1948 (14 issues)
The Independent was committed entirely to supporting the Responsible Government side in the debate prior to the referendum on Confederation.

The Mercury And General Advertiser Feb. 3, 1846 - Oct. 15, 1846 (28 issues)
The Mercury and General Advertiser published local, domestic and foreign news, poetry, "tales of an interesting and moral character", legislative proceedings, shipping and fishing news, letters, and advertisements. The editorials were politically neutral supporting temperance and the establishment of Carbonear as a free port.

Morning Advertiser and Shipping Gazette Sep. 21, 1844 - Apr. 26, 1845 (109 issues)
The Morning Advertiser contained news and other items extracted from foreign journals, local news, legislative proceedings, shipping lists, public notices, poetry, fiction and advertisements. No editorial commentary was included in its pages.

Morning Despatch. Published St. John's N.L. Jul. 13, 1892 - Aug. 22, 1892 (32 issues)
The first issue was published on July 13, 1892, a few days after the Great Fire.

The Morning Herald Nov. 28, 1879 - Feb. 21, 1880 (54 issues)
The Morning Herald contained foreign and domestic news, fiction, poetry, advertisements, public notices and thoughtful editorials. A typical example was an editorial of Nov. 28, 1879 which called for two lockups for prisoners awaiting trial, one on each end of the city, instead of only one. "Often we have seen hundreds of persons following one prisoner for nearly a mile, and he, probably, degraded through the mud or slob for half that distance."

The Newfoundland Commercial Journal Jun. 22, 1881 - Dec. 8, 1855 (69 issues)
The Newfoundland Commercial Journal was a single sheet newspaper printed on both sides. It published shipping intelligence (i.e. ship arrivals and departures), tables of import and export statistics, fishery news, exchange rates, and advertisements. It is listed in the Canadian Newspaper Directory until 1892.

Newfoundland Mercantile Journal Earliest issue located: Sept. 11, 1816 (no. 108). - Last issue located: June 7, 1827 (376 issues)
The Newfoundland Mercantile Journal was made up almost entirely of material selected from the foreign press, advertisements, official and legal notices, and shipping news. Domestic news, including death notices, rarely filled more than half a column and dealt mainly with the activities of prominent citizens, accidents and fires. The Nov. 23, 1816 edition expressed concern over the problems of the coming winter in light of the severe poverty in the city. The Jan. 3, 1822 issue pondered the poor state of the economy, but even this sort of editorial comment was rare and problems of the Colony were given much less attention than were events abroad.

The Newfoundland Vindicator Jan. 2, 1841 - May 14, 1842 (69 issues)
The Newfoundland Vindicator contained local and foreign news with special attention to Irish news, proceedings of the superior courts and courts of session, abstracts of Legislative discussions, and advertisements. A great amount of space was devoted to the discussion of the violence which took place in the recent Conception Bay elections, an issue over which the Vindicator was at odds with the Patriot. The Vindicator at first had columns covering "Catholic Intelligence" and "Protestant Intelligence", but the Protestant column was soon dropped. The Vindicator opposed both the Times and the Public Ledger. Beck and John Kent, who often wrote for the paper, were fined for libeling the editor of the Ledger in June of 1841. A lengthy, bitter, but vague, article was published upon the retirement of Governor Prescott in May of the same year.

The Newfoundland Weekly
Title varies: (432 Issues)
Newfoundland Weekly, Began publication: Jul. 19, 1924. - Last issue located: Jan. 9, 1932.
Place of publication: Boston., Publisher: Newfoundland Publishing Co., Editor: Robert H. Tait and Archibald G. Gibb.
The Newfoundland Weekly was published for the large Newfoundland community in the Boston area and carried news of local interest as well as extensive reprints from Newfoundland newspapers.

The Newfoundland Times, Began publication: Sep. 6, 1941. - Last issue located: Dec. 20, 1941.
Place of publication: New York., Publisher: Newfoundland Publishing Co., Editor: Robert H. Tait
A Newfoundland news digest for U. S. Newfoundlanders" this paper was a successor to the Newfoundland Weekly previously published in Boston

The Newfoundland Weekly, Began publication: Dec. 7, 1940. - Last issue located: Aug. 23, 1941.
Place of publication: New York., Publisher: Newfoundland Publishing Co., Editor: Robert H. Tait

The Newfoundlander. Oct. 6, 1934 - Dec. 20, 1934 (10 issues)
The Newfoundlander was totally "dedicated to the restoration of self-Government" and devoted itself to attacking the Commission of Government and Prime Minister Alderdice. Not surprisingly, it received no government advertising and, by November, announced that the government was threatening to withhold government patronage from firms advertising in the journal. The paper apparently folded after three months.

Our Country Aug. 25, 1883 - May 11, 1885 (152 Issues)
Our Country contained local and foreign news, proceedings of the legislative assembly, advertisements, serial fiction and other features. Intended to take the place of the Public Ledger, it was an exponent of the Reform Party and opposed the Whiteway administration, particularly in reference to the matter of the railway. It suspended publication from May 1884 to April 1885. It resumed publication for a short time, during which it was entirely devoted to the official report of the Legislative proceedings.

The Plaindealer Published St. John's N.L. Jun. 1, 1907 - Aug. 16, 1921 (29 Issues)
The Plaindealer was a Catholic publication that published foreign news with a concentration on Irish affairs, pastoral letters, humor, short stories and editorials. W. F. Coaker, founder of the Fishermen's Protective Union, published articles in the Plaindealer in 1908 prior to founding the union's own newspaper, the Fishermen's Advocate. The Plaindealerbecame a rival of that paper and opposed Coaker and the Lloyd government). The paper opposed Edward Morris and later supported Bond, Cashin and Crosbie.

The Record Jan. 18, 1862 - Dec. 29, 1863 (94 Issues)
The Record published local news, "Catholic Intelligence", foreign news, legislative proceedings, serial fiction, advertisements and government notices. It opposed the Hoyles-Bannerman government and was ultra-Liberal and Catholic to such an extent it was referred to as "Dr. (i.e. Bishop) Mullock's organ" in the Newfoundland Express (May 23, 1861). On that occasion, the Record had made light of Catholic riots and looting which took in Harbour Main, treating them as harmless fun.

The Register Sep. 17, 1880 - Dec. 16, 1880 (70 Issues)
The Register published foreign and domestic news, government notices, advertisements and other features. Although it claimed to be "an independent journal written by independent men for an independent public", it supported the Liberal Party and contained a high concentration of Catholic and Irish news. Owned by a company of twelve unnamed stockholders, it denied being an organ of the government.

The Reporter Jan. 31, 1856 - Dec. 25, 1856 (47 Issues)
Printed at the offices of the Patriot, the Reporter was originally intended to serve as a vehicle for the publication of legislative proceedings but also published editorials, foreign and domestic news, poetry, advertisements and other features. Liberal in viewpoint, it disliked the Tories, but more frequently beleaguered the Liberal Party, which it felt to be controlled by family compacts and family monopolies, singling out Philip Little in particular. The Reporter was especially bitter about being forced to share the publication of the legislative proceedings with the likes of the Public Ledger and the Express.

Sentinel and Conception Bay Advertiser
Title varies:
Sentinel and Conception Bay Advertiser Oct 27, 1836 – Jul 20, 1837 and Dec 13, 1838 - Nov 19, 1844. (148 issues)
The Carbonear Sentinel And Conception Bay Advertiser July 27, 1837 - Nov. 29, 1838. (26 issues)
The Sentinel, Mar. 13, 1945 - Oct. 30, 1845. (12 Issues)
The Sentinel published domestic and foreign news, shipping news, legislative proceedings, poetry, serial fiction and letters to the editor. The prospectus promised the paper would promote the interests of the mercantile community and maintain a commercial point of view, but the Sentinel was politically independent in most matters and moderately Liberal in outlook. It supported the temperance movement and published news of all religious denominations. In 1840, the paper caused a minor stir by endorsing James Douglas over Lawrence O'Brien in a controversial St. John's election. Spry closed the Sentinel down in October 1845 and started the Mercury and General Advertiser three months later.

The Star And Conception Bay Weekly Reporter Feb. 4, 1874 - May 6, 1875 (39 Issues)
The Star and Conception Bay Weekly Reporter seems to be the successor to the Star and Conception Bay Semi-weekly Advertiser although A. A. Parsons was no longer involved in it. It had the same content as the earlier publication and was somewhat more outspoken politically, opposing the Carter administration and the railway.

The Star And Newfoundland Advocate Nov. 14, 1840 - Jan. 14, 1847 (295 Issues)
The Star and Newfoundland Advocate printed foreign and local news, legislative proceedings, agricultural, fishing and shipping news, poetry, fiction and advertisements. The paper was Conservative and Protestant editorially and supported the mercantile class. Burton was previously involved in the Star and Conception Bay Journal and was later to become more political as proprietor of the Telegraph and Political Review.

St. John’s Free Press and Semiweekly Advertiser
Title Varies:
The St. John's Free Press And Daily Advertiser Apr. 9, 1877 - May 29, 1877 (37 Issues)
The St. John's Free Press And Semi-Weekly Advertiser Jun. 11, 1877 - Jul. 22, 1878 (46 Issues)
The St. John's Free Press contained domestic and foreign news, shipping news, court proceedings, public notices, poetry and advertisements. The editorials encouraged the development of the colony's natural resources, supported the railway, and opposed Confederation.

Terra Nova Advocate
Title varies:
St. John's Advertiser, May 5, 1875 - Apr. 29, 1876. (97 Issues)
Terra Nova Advocate and Political Observer, May 4, 1876 - May 5, 1880. (377 Issues)
Terra Nova Advocate, May 8, 1880 - Dec. 12, 1890. (786 Issues)
The Terra Nova Advocate was first and foremost "an organ and vindicator, especially in matters political, of the Catholic Population" and felt that "the Roman Catholics have at no recognized organ of the press, while newspapers abound which (practically speaking) are distinctly Protestant." (May 4, 1876). Containing the usual features of papers of the day, it was politically independent during the Carter administration. It supported Whiteway at first, but in 1885 blamed him for the religiously motivated Harbour Grace Affray. The paper developed a great animosity towards the Harbor Grace Standard during this period. The Advocate opposed the Permissive Bill which would have restricted the sale of liquor in 1885 and supported the construction of the railway. The paper campaigned for Ambrose Shea's Liberals when they opposed Thorburn's Protestant Reform Party in 1885 and five years later supported Monroe against Whiteway. The Advocate supported Confederation in 1888.

The Vindicator And Brigus Reporter Earliest issue located: May 4, 1898 (v. 1, no. 2). Ceased publication: Oct. 28, 1903 (14 Issues)
The Vindicator and Brigus Reporter was founded by Jabez Thompson, who also started the Twillingate Sun, when he was appointed to the magistracy and appointed to Brigus. It published local and foreign news, public notices, advertisements, poetry, serial fiction, humor, court reports, public notices and advertisements. While not extremely political, it supported the Liberal Party and Bond. In October 1903, the printing plant was sold to H. M. Mosdell, who intended to start the Newfoundland Outlook the following month.

The Weekly Express Began publication: Jan. 6, 1858. - Latest issue located: Dec. 27, 1859 (102 Issues)
The Weekly Express had the same content and editorial policy and the Newfoundland Express

The Weekly Herald And Conception-Bay General Advertiser Jan. 1, 1845 - Jun. 6, 1854. (483 issues)
The Weekly Herald published local, domestic and foreign news, shipping and fisheries news, legislative proceedings, fiction, letters, and advertisements. St. John was a Wesleyan, but promised "to promote the interests of the community at large irrespective of their religious views or political differences" (June 28, 1845) and his paper remained politically independent and nonsectarian in its views. The paper deplored the conditions of poverty and starvation in the Colony and, although opposed to strikes, acknowledged that wages were too low. In 1854, the publisher closed the paper down and departed for the United States to start a semiweekly Journal there.

The Weekly News Began publication: Mar. 29, 1894 - Dec. 6, 1894 Ceased publication: June 1906. (36 Issues)
The Weekly News was a weekly edition of the Daily News intended for readers outside St. John's. "Much that occurs in the city is of no interest in the Outports, and few men have either the time or inclination to wade through the columns of six, or may be twelve dailies at one sitting. What they require is the news in a digested and spicy form." (Feb. 15, 1894). The paper opposed Whiteway in the 1894 election.
The Weekly News was published until June 1903 when J. A. Robinson purchased the Daily News. Since Robinson was already publishing another weekly, the Free Press, he discontinued the Weekly News.

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