Francis sees Gold through the war
Childers soldier the only man towork on every edition ofNewGuinea newspaper
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.
GUINEA GOLD: The Guinea Gold was a vital link for soldiers during the Second World War.
HISTORIC: The printing press, used to publish the Guinea Gold, can be seen at the Isis District Historical Society Complex.