Fawkner published the first newspaper in Victoria, the Melbourne Advertiser, on 1 January, 1838. The first nine editions were hand-written and distributed at Melbourne's first pub, also established by this pioneer settler from England via Tasmania. The Advertiser eventually became part of The Argus, which was published until 1957. Fawkner also established the Launceston Advertiser and the Geelong Advertiser, the oldest surviving paper in Victoria.
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