Not the first but we are still going
The first edition of the Seymour Telegraph was published in July 1890 by Michael Hickey.
But it wasn’t the first paper in town.
The Seymour Express had been coming out since September 1871.
It cost threepence and was a large format broadsheet four-page newspaper published every Friday.
The Seymour Express had classifieds and business advertisements on the front and back pages, there were very few large headlines and no photographs.
A feature of the Express, and many newspapers during this time, was called the supplement.
This was where novels and poems by prominent writers were featured.
In 1924 the two newspapers merged under publisher Tom Ramsay and the Seymour Telegraph has been publishing ever since.
Matt and Andrew Geoghegan, and then Matt’s son Charles, operated the Telegraph until 1961.
Geoff Kenihan was editor in 1965 and then Laurie Allison took over in 1968.
Alan Brock became editor in 1971 and for a short time Guy Williams was in the chair before Rohan Aldous took over in 1994.
Today the paper is run by the team of Linda Donnison, Dannyelle Jones, Alison O’Connor and Boon Law.