Mid-North Courier 1941-42
Since a while I´m active at the Historical center in the little town of Riverton, South Australia. Filing and listing old newspapers sounds a bit boring but it is anything but for a history minded guy like me. Following photos are from the Mid-North Courier. It´s a weekly paper of 6-8 pages and contains mainly local news and ads but every now and then something of great national importance finds its way into the pages. When I started on the issues for 1939 I thought something would be written regarding the oncoming war. Nope, not much. 1940? Not really. Not until 1941 it became interesting with articles on the war in Europe and Northern Africa. One would think that huge events like the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 or Darwin in 1942 would find its way into the paper, even if it is a very local one, but no. The only reason I can come to think of is they did not want to publish negative news. Anyway, it´s been a very interesting time reading all little articles in this newspaper. Some very small texts look very insignificant but have at times a very strong content for a small town like Riverton as local lads went missing or were declared killed in action.
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