Chronicle Subscribers for 147 Years ,Co Who Can Beat That?

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A PEEK into the Chronicle's archive room was like looking back through her family history for subscriber Averil Collins.

The newspaper has been in circulation for 150 years and for 147 of those the Chronicle has graced the tables of Ms Collins's ancestors.

"When my great-grandfather John Hannah Campbell and his wife Elizabeth migrated to Maryborough in 1863 they immediately became readers," she said.

John's brother, Archibald Campbell, also came to Maryborough and was a loyal Chronicle reader Co his grand-daughter Beulah Meredith still subscribes to the Chronicle.

"John and Archibald were both astute businessmen so it was in their interests to keep abreast of the news," Ms Collins said.

"John was a money-lender and property developer of the Island Plantation.

"Archibald pioneered and named Torquay in 1883; he chartered the Maryborough-based paddle steamer Hercules to take passengers and cargo to Torquay and returned with loads of fish."

John Hannah Campbell died in 1906 but his son Robert Campbell, Ms Collins's grandfather, continued the tradition of a Chronicle subscription.

Robert Campbell pioneered Craignish and had the newspaper posted to him there until he died in 1941.

His sons Robert, Charles and Doug were all subscribers.

Doug Campbell continued his subscription until his death in 1980 Co his daughter is Averil Collins. …