Fran­cis sees Gold through the war

Childers sol­dier the only man towork on ev­ery edi­tion ofNewGuinea news­pa­per

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

THE Guinea Gold, a news­pa­per that was the reg­u­lar source of in­for­ma­tion for Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can soldiers serv­ing in the Pa­cific con­flict in the Se­condWorld War, has dis­tinct ties with Childers.

Lo­cal man SF “Fran­cis” Hughes was a lino­type op­er­a­tor with the Isis district news­pa­per, the Isis Recorder, prior to en­list­ing in the Aus­tralian Army.

Due to his ex­pe­ri­ence and back­ground in print, Mr Hughes was ap­pointed to help with pro­duc­ing the pop­u­lar news­pa­per in New Guinea, and did so right from the first pub­li­ca­tion through to the last edi­tions.

In fact, the Childers man was the only per­son who helped pro­duce the news­pa­per for its en­tire life­span.

Al­wyn Har­rip, who served in the Se­condWorld War in New Guinea, re­mem­bers the Guinea Gold well, and said troops heav­ily re­lied on the news­pa­per to stay con­nected back home.

“It was the only paper we got. In those days there was no mo­bile phones or any­thing like that. It was the only way to re­ceive news,” Mr Har­rip said.

“It was de­liv­ered once a month or once a week... I can’t re­mem­ber, but it was reg­u­lar.”

Mr Har­rip said be­cause there was no power “in the early days”, the print­ing press used to pub­lish the Guinea Gold was worked by foot to turn the paper out.

The Guinea Gold ran con­tin­u­ously from Novem­ber 19, 1942, (Vol. 1, no. 1), to June 30, 1946, (Vol. 4, no. 230).

A to­tal of 237 soldiers worked on the news­pa­per dur­ing its con­tin­u­ous run of 1320 pub­li­ca­tion days.

The orig­i­nal print­ing press used to pub­lish the news­pa­per is still in work­ing or­der and can be viewed at the Isis District His­tor­i­cal Com­plex.

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GUINEA GOLD: The Guinea Gold was a vi­tal link for soldiers dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

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HIS­TORIC: The print­ing press, used to pub­lish the Guinea Gold, can be seen at the Isis District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Com­plex.

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