The West Coast Miner



''The West Coast Miner'' was a fortnightly newspaper for the West Coast
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n community, based in Queenstown from December 1975 to 1978. It was originally funded by community arts funding from the Australian Commonwealth Government, and was housed at the Adult Education Office in Queenstown. Jim Nicholls and Jo Beams were the instigators of the project. The
Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company was a Tasmanian mining company formed on 29 March 1893, most commonly referred to as ''Mount Lyell''. Mount Lyell was the dominant copper mining company of the West Coast from 1893 to 1994, and was based in ...
and Renison Limited supported the newspaper by distributing it to employees.


It appears there were no locally produced newspapers on the west coast in the mid 20th century following the demise of the earlier newspapers. '' The Advocate'' of
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was the main external newspaper to carry west coast news stories.


It was succeeded by ''The Westerner'' produced by '' The Mercury'' newspaper, which ran in various forms from 1979 to 1995. * From Apr. 1983, continued as a loose supplement to: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) -- est coast ed.* From 18 Feb. 1993, continued as a separately titled section in: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) -- est coast ed.* From 19 June 1995, continued as part of a daily page in The Mercury (Hobart. Tas.) titled: Around Tasmania. Following this the ''Western Herald'' became the main west coast newspaper. It was one of many newspapers that have existed for relatively short times on the west coast, due to a range of issues.


* No. 1 (30th Oct. 1975)-no. 79 (14th Dec. 1978)

Earlier West Coast based newspapers

* The ''Mount Lyell Standard'' * The '' Zeehan and Dundas Herald''

See also

List of newspapers in Australia This is a list of newspapers in Australia. For other older newspapers, see list of defunct newspapers of Australia. National In 1950, the number of national daily newspapers in Australia was 54 and it increased to 65 in 1965. Daily newspap ...


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