Christopher Crisp typifies the contribution that regional newspaper journalists made to the development of Victoria in the 19th Century.
An assisted migrant from England, Crisp worked first for the Melbourne Herald before moving to Bacchus Marsh to work as a compositor in 1866. Within months, he was editor of the Bacchus Marsh Express.
The Werribee Express and the Melton Express expanded his reach. He campaigned for water storages, rail links to Melbourne and agricultural societies and sought to educate opinion on public issues such as protection, Federation and industrial legislation.
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