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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

Relics of the Past — Daily Southern Cross Anniversary.—

page 27

Relics of the Past

Original notice of the Daily Southern Cross newspaper's anniversary dinner and celebrations, 1863

First Anniversary Dinner,

If I have been extinguished, yet there rise a thousand beacons from the spark I bore.

Luceo non uro.

'The Daily Southern Cross,'

At the Criterion Hotel, Otahuhu


Saturday evening, May 16, 1863,

In Commemoration of the Establishment

of the

first morning newspaper in Auckland Province

Members of the "Daily Southern Cross" Chapel

  • Ball, H.
  • Brett, H.
  • Bryce, W. S.
  • Cameron, J.
  • Cowan, R.
  • Ellis, J.
  • Freer, J. G.
  • Gimbel, G. F.
  • Haszard, C. A.
  • Hunter, G. E.
  • Lowe, J. H. A.
  • Moss, R.
  • Schrader, F.
  • Seffern, W. H.
  • Stewart, C.
  • Thomson, H.
  • Warren, A. F.

Robert J. Creighton and Alfred Scales, Proprietors.

Daily Southern Cross Anniversary.

Last Saturday the numerous staff of this office celebrated the first anniversary of the establishment of the Daily Southern Cross by a dinner in the Criterion Hotel, Otahuhu. Although it was impossible to bring together the entire staff at the dinner hour, owing to the peculiar arrangements of a daily newspaper, every department was represented. Upwards of thirty gentlemen sat down to dinner, besides several leading settlers and merchants who, with the proprietors of the paper, were guests of the employés for the evening. Mr Creighton presided; Mr George Webster acting as vice-chairman. A variety of toasts were given, among which continued prosperity to the Daily Southern Cross was enthusiastically drunk. The proceedings of the evening were agreeably varied by songs and recitations, and musical selections by Mr and Master West. Altogether it was the most successful social meeting at which it has ever been our privilege to be present in the colony. The good feeling that exists between employer and employed was remarked upon by the visitors as a pleasing and noticeable feature, and it is one which we hope will long continue. This will be better understood, when we state that the anniversary dinner was the result of the spontaneous feeling of the employés, and that the entire arrangements were carried out by themselves. The dinner was excellently served, and reflected credit upon the host and hostess. The labor and painstaking of the stewards should not be overlooked. The enjoyment was kept up till eleven o'clock, at which hour the party dispersed.—Daily Southern Cross, 18th May, 1863.

In connexion with our article on the Southern Cross, we have to thank Mr W. H. Seffern, of the Taranaki Herald, for an old galley-slip of the paragraph giving an account of the anniversary festivities, quoted above. He has also kindly sent us a curiosity—an early copy of the paper. Its full title is The Southern Cross, and New Zealand Guardian; it is numbered 147, vol. iii, and bears date 15th April, 1848. It states that it « is published every Saturday morning, and extensively circulated through this and the neighboring colonies, also in England, Ireland, and Scotland. » The paper consists of four pages demy, four columns to the page, 14 ems measure. The principal title is in a light four-line sanserif, engraved on wood, evidently by an unaccustomed hand. The types used are long primer and brevier, and there are no make-shifts for sorts, such as italic for roman—as may sometimes be met with, even now. The imprint bears the name of P. Kunst. [We have a dim recollection of yarns by the old hands about « Old Kunst » in our'prentice-days. There may be some still who remember him.] There are twenty-nine advertisements, and either through good taste on the printer's part, or lack of job-letter, only one line of jobbing type appears in the whole. Most of the names of advertisers are now forgotten, but we recognize Brown & Campbell, and another, J. A. Smith, is now living in Napier, having been identified with our town almost from its commencement. A leader of over three columns fiercely attacks Governor Grey, and a slighting reference to « our contemporary » shows that the Cross was not in undisturbed possession of the field. The paper contains interesting statistics, and other matters to which we may refer in a future issue.