NOOSA NEWS HAD A COLOUR­FUL BE­GIN­NING

When found­ing ed­i­tor Sa­muel Grif­fiths es­tab­lished his very own news­pa­per in 1968, with no idea what he was do­ing and no idea how suc­cess­ful it would be­come, ‘why not?’ was the phi­los­o­phy be­hind it

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THIS year marks the 50th birth­day of the Noosa News and, to cel­e­brate, we have put to­gether a spe­cial keep­sake cof­fee ta­ble book, 50 Years of Noosa 1968-2018 – Peo­ple, Places and Progress, which is in newsagents now. Bill Grif­fiths, the son of Noosa News found­ing ed­i­tor Sa­muel Grif­fiths, be­came a part­ner in the fam­ily busi­ness at the age of 21. What was the rea­son­ing be­hind start­ing Noosa’s first news­pa­per, the Noosa News in 1969? “Why not? “Dad (Sam Grif­fiths) had the pho­to­graphic stu­dio and a print­ing press, a lit­tle AB Dick 360 to print our own brochures. Start­ing our own news­pa­per seemed log­i­cal,” said his son Bill, who re­treated to the tran­quil shores of Bar­gara with wife Sue in July last year when Noosa be­came “too busy”. Look­ing back, Bill laughs about the fact that no one re­ally knew what they were do­ing but, some­how, each week, the pa­per got out. “It was hard work, but it was good fun,” he said. “We’d work six days a week and there was no such thing as a hol­i­day.” And to the news that the Noosa News was still go­ing strong 50 years later, Bill said: “Who’d have thunk it?” The free weekly pa­per was printed in a tin shed be­hind the owner’s house in Poin­ciana Av­enue, Te­wantin. “At the start there was just Mum and Dad and Sue and my­self. We had three type­writ­ers and it just grew and grew,” Bill said. “The pa­per grew and so did the town.” Devel­op­ment came to Noosa in the 1970s, more than dou­bling the pop­u­la­tion from around 7000 to more than 17,000 in just 10 years. To­day, more than 52,000 peo­ple call Noosa home. This enor­mous growth – and the peo­ple who made Noosa what is is to­day – are the sub­ject of 50 Years of Noosa and their sto­ries make for in­ter­est­ing read­ing. Priced at just $9.95, it’s the per­fect Christ­mas present for ev­ery­one who loves Noosa.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ABOVE: Noosa News staff work­ing in the Te­wantin stu­dio in 1969.

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